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At Big Plant Nursery we love conifers, often overlooked these days conifers have such a wide range of forms, colours and textures. We have chosen a selection ranging Cupressus, the quintessential Italian Cypress through to Pines, Thujas and of course Taxus the well known Yew tree.
Conifers feature in all types of garden from hot mediterranean vistas with Pinus pinea ,the Umbrella pine, traditional English scenes with fastigate yew and clipped Thuja hedges and if you have space the wonderful monkey puzzel, Araucaria araucana.
Contemporary gardens would be laking without the compact neat forms of Pinus mugo making statments in both ball and mound shapes, a great alternative to box balls.
Most conifers are hardy and tolerant of a wide range of soils, can be used as specimens, container plants, wind breaks and of course hedges.
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Hime-sawara'
Sawara false Cypress
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Hime-sawara'...
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'White Pygmy'
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'White Pygmy' Cupressus pisifera, Sawara Cypress...
Cryptomeria japonica 'Rasen'
Twisted Japanese Cedar
Cryptomeria japonica 'Rasen' A very interesting form of Cryptomeria with a very unusual twisted habit, the needles literally twisting round the stem, the stems twist from the trunk and the trunk in turn is also twisted... wierd and wonderful! The...
Cryptomeria japonica 'Cristata'
Crested Japanese Cedar
Affectionately known as the 'Seaweed Tree', wierd but wonderful, this fascinating Cryptomeria forms a narrow, upright tree whose soft, needle covered branches are graced here and there with strange almost fish-tail like crests the size of a man's fis...
Cupressus sempervirens 'Pyramidalis'
Cupressus sempervirens 'Pyramidalis', the Italian Cypress is a narrow almost pencil-like coniferous tree with dark green foliage and prickly brown cones. Very architectural. It is tolerant of poor soils and grows to its full potential in a sunny spot...
Cupressus sempervirens 'Totem'
Cupressus sempervirens 'Totem' Italian Cypress. A narrow and compact, almost pencil-like, coniferous tree with dark green foliage and prickly brown cones. An improved version of Pyramidalis. Tall, thin silhouette - instantly reminiscent of Mediterr...
Ginkgo biloba is a deciduous tree to 25m, conical when young, becoming more irregular with age. Fan-shaped and often bilobed leaves turn clear yellow in autumn As with all ginkgos, grows in most good fertile soil, not waterlogged, tolerant of polutan...
Ginkgo biloba 'Landliebe'
Ginkgo biloba 'Landliebe' Ginkgo biloba 'Landliebe' is and upright, compact and dense branching form. Golden yellow autumn colour. Eventually reaching up to 8m high and 2m wide. slow growing. Matures to a medium to large tree. Can be planted as a spe...
Ginkgo biloba 'Samurai'
Ginkgo biloba 'Samurai' Ginkgo biloba 'Samurai' is a male selection of Ginkgo of outstanding pyramidal form, wide fan-shaped green leaves with golden yellow autumn color. Eventually reaching up to 4m high and 2m wide. Matures to a medium to large tre...
Ginkgo biloba 'Eiffel'
Ginkgo biloba 'Eiffel' New introduction, very much untested so eventual size unknown although we have found it to be a strong grower. Pyramiddal in shape, has a nice classic fan shaped leaf and a good shade of butter yellow in the autumn. As with...
Juniperus horizontalis 'Andorra Compact'
An excellent ground cover specimen with bright green foliage in Spring, turning to a bronze-green colour in . Dense compact habit reaching a maximum height of 60cm and spread of 1.2m. Will tolerate sun or partial shade....
Brewer's weeping spruce
Brewer Spruce. An elegant conical conifer with horizontal branches drapped with pendulous branchlets of blue-green leaves. Height 10-15m. Spread 3-4m. Evergreen. Foliage colour Blue, Green. Hardy. Planting instructions Back-fill with soil mixed with ...
Picea densiflora 'Umbraculifera'
Japanese Red Pine
Japanese Red Pine. A rounded broadly spreading conifer forming an umbrella-shaped crown. It is a slow growing pine, reaching around 3 metres after 10 years. Site in a sunny position in any good garden soil. Makes a fantastic specimen plant for a ...
Picea glauca 'Rainbow's End'
Dwarf spruce, growing into a slender, cone shaped tree. Densely branched, eventually reaching just 10 foot. New spring growth is light green, turning dark, then a second flush has contrasting bright yellow foliage having an attractive effect. ...
Picea glauca 'Sander's Blue'
A small cone-shaped conifer with soft, slate-blue needle-like leaves. Height: 120cm. Ideal for small gardens and containers. Hardy. No pruning required. Keep well watered until established....
Picea leucodermis 'Satellit'
Bosnian Pine. Dark green needles on smooth pale green grey bark, produces dark purple cones. This is a lovely compact, slow growing pine, eventually making a medium sized tree. Tolerant of salt and dry conditions, excellent on the coast, and very h...
Picea nigra 'Green Tower'
European Black Pine
An impressive form of P. nigra boasting a sturdy, fastigate habit and rich, dark green needles. Will reach 2.5m in height and 45cm in 10 years time. Requires free draining soil and prefers a sunny, open position....
Pinus mugo 'Columnaris'
Swiss Mountain Pine
Also known as Pinus mugo 'Colombo'. A hardy, evergreen, multi-stemmed conifer with emerald green, needle-like leaves. The upright, columnar habit makes it an ideal accent plant, especially in small gardens. Height 3.5m. Spread 1.5m. Will gow in most ...
Pinus mugo 'Mops'
Dwarf mountain pine 'Mops'
Pinus mugo 'Mops' Dwarf Mountain Pine. A dwarf rounded conifer with short dense light green needle-like leaves. Prominent brown winter buds. Height 75cm. Spread 75cm. Evergreen. Foliage colour Green. Frost hardy. Planting instructions Back-fill with ...
Pinus mugo 'Mumpitz'
Dwarf mountain pine
Pinus mugo 'Mumpitz' Dwarf mountain pine 'Mumpitz', Creeping pine...
Pinus strobus 'Macopin'
Dwarf White Pine
Fantastic dwarf form of White Pine. 'Macopin' was found as a witch’s broom in Macopin, New Jersey, USA. Round shaped when young and starts growing slightly irregular and upright with age. Soft, blue-green foliage. Produces many cones even when youn...
Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata'
Irish Yew. A narrowly columnar slow growing evergreen conifer found in Ireland in the 18th century. Tolerant of most soils and situations if given good drainage. Excellent as a specimen tree in the formal garden. Will also do well in a pot. C...
Taxus cuspidata 'Dwarf Bright Gold'
Taxus cuspidata 'Dwarf Bright Gold' 'Dwarf Bright Gold' is an upright to spreading evergreen Japanese Yew with gold-variegated, green, needle-like leaves, can be used as a hedge, screen, topiary or specmen. Can be clipped to shape, suits a variety of...
Thuja occidentalis 'Fire Chief'
Thuja occidentalis 'Fire Chief' An attractive dwarf version of the North American White Cedar. The tips of the foliage change colour from gold in spring to bronze in summer and red in autumn and winter. 'Fire Chief' will form a globe shape of up to 1...