CONIFER WILDLIFE HABIT
Arboretum de Concord, Michigan USA ©
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CONIFERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
IN ZONE 5 USA
Picea abies 'Acrocona'
"Conifers magnificent color
changes, fascinating and extreme forms and spectacular
Conifers include approximately 625-700 species worldwide and
up to 900 taxa including distinctive subspecies and
varieties, compared with an estimated 400,000 species of
flowering plants, but conifers are much more important to
the world's landscape and ecology than their relative small
number of species might suggest. Conifers have their own
Debreczy, Zs. and I. Rįcz,
2011. Conifers Around the World. Vpls. 1-2 DendroPress Ltd,
Budapest. 1089 pp.
Conifers, a diverse and vast group of plants are spanning in
size from tiny miniatures to giant forest trees.
provide unsurpassed beauty with their spectacular color
changes. Their most astonishing transformation takes place
during springs new growth. These four-season plants have
fascinating and unusual forms: some are weeping, pendulous,
columnar and pyramidal, others are prostate, globose and
dwarf. Conifers provide interest in all season and they add
essential ingredients to a garden never replicated by any
A hedge of large evergreens provides a valuable windbreak
for plants not suitable for your particular growing zone.
Very narrow columnar forms can be used as accent plants. The
best companion plants for conifers are Japanese maples (Acer
species) and Beeches (Fagus). Dwarf or miniature conifers can
be successful combined with perennials and low-growing
bulbs. The brilliant red exotic flowers of Crocosmia
'Lucifer' in front of a spreading low-growing blue Picea
provide an excellent focal point.
Color, form and texture in the landscape is provided by a
careful selection of plant material. The addition of ornamental grasses provides