We are certainly not sad here at Atlantic Avenue; nevertheless we see weeping everywhere. The great selection of weeping and creeping conifers that recently arrived have us plant geeks positively grinning. Here are some of the plants that we love.
Thorsen’s Weeping Hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla ‘Thorsen’s Weeping’) A very dense uniform hemlock with soft green needles and a strongly weeping habit. When staked it makes a neat narrow column. It grows only 2 to 4 inches a year.
Creeping Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens ‘Procumbens’) Procumbent for sure. Creates a beautiful blue carpet when allowed to wander unchecked. Grows 6 to 8 inches a year.
Hillside Creeper Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestrus ‘Hillside Creeper’) A groundcover pine! It’s pretty fast growing too, getting 8 to 10 feet wide in 10 years while only reaching a foot or two tall.
Weeping White Spruce (Picea glauca ‘Pendula’) Very tall and narrow tree, reaching up to 40 feet but only 8 feet wide. Works wonderfully as an accent plant
Bruns Weeping Serbian Spruce (Picea omorika ‘Pendula Bruns’) Nice dwarf plant which grows upright with weeping branches. May get 6 to 8 feet tall and only 2 feet wide.
Feelin’ Blue Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodora ‘Feelin’ Blue’) Beautiful ice blue coloring on a low spreading plant. Nice small garden accent, reaching only 6 feet wide. (not shown above)
Western Red Cedar ‘Whipcord’ (Thuja plicata ‘Whipcord’ ) Branches are like thin arching whips (thus its name) that fountain from a central stem to form a low mound. 2 feet by 3 feet, more with time. This one is not drought tolerant. Plant him where you can keep him watered.
Weeping Nootka Falsecypress (Chamaecyparis nookentensis ‘Pendula’) Can get huge in the wild but stays at about 30 feet in cultivation. A very upright trunk with heavily weeping branches. (not shown above)
Jeddeloh Dwarf Canadian Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis ‘Jeddeloh’) Perfect for the shade garden. Creates a mound with drooping branch tips like a little bird’s nest. 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide.
Uncle Fogy Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana ‘Uncle Fogy’) Seriously gnarly (in both senses of the word!) Another groundcover pine but with attitude. Uncle will spread out 15 feet in time, creating interesting twists along the way.
Most weeping trees are chance mutations of upright plants that have been noticed, collected and painstakingly propagated over a period of years. Many, left to their own devices, would crawl along the ground and must be staked upright to have any height. All of the plants we have highlighted require very good drainage. Water the new plants well when you plant them and water every three or four days during their first season. The pines and cedar will take plenty of sun. The spruces will benefit from some shade during the heat of the day and a yearly application of lime. The hemlocks will do well in a shadier location. With the excepting of the weeping Nootka Falsecypress and the Weeping White Spruce, any of these would also do well in a container.
Be sure to stop by and see these very unique plants as well as the many other ‘weepers’ we have in stock. For information on other unique weeping and contorted trees, click here.