I have been thinking of replacing the sad and spindly previous-owner crabapple trees in my parking strip, and although I haven’t gotten around to it yet, it’s fun to peruse the options and take suggestions (thanks, previous commenters!) on what to get. A particularly lovely Japanese maple is high on the list for one of the spots, but I was wondering if a dwarf conifer ought be in the running for the other. Something that keeps its needles on in the winter, for critters to take shelter under, and to look purty when the snow (rarely) falls on it…
At the garden center the other day, I dawdled in the conifer section as I so rarely do, and there I found some beauties that I’d never seen (at least in person) before.
OK, one golden cypress would probably look pretty silly out there, but all wee and cute and massed together, they were a sweet sight with the sun glowing through them.
I want a Snake Branch Spruce just for the name alone! But it gets too wide for the parking strip, too bad.
Now this is more like it. Dwarf Spiral Cryptomeria, supposedly stays small, love the curly habit, definitely would be an eye-catcher. Hm, anyone grown this before? I like how the branch ends look like emerging fiddlehead ferns. I’m picturing it with a sprinkling of dew, and maybe a fat chickadee atop it. Oh yeah.
The city of Seattle does not recommend the planting of conifers in the parking strip. Well, they hedge about it; here is a quote from their web site:
“Conifer trees are not generally recommended for street planting. The lower limbs can cause visibility/safety problems at driveways, alleys, intersections, signs, and signals. They may be approved for street planting if the site is deemed appropriate. The planting of Conifers is encouraged on appropriate private property sites.”
So, a little dwarfy curly cutie one, where it wouldn’t block anyone’s visibility, would be okay, right?