Twisty Baby™ Dwarf Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Lace Lady’ P.P.# 9771)
Twisty Baby, as the name suggests is a contorted black locust, a tree native to the east coast of the United States. The foliage is soft, ferny and often curled as well. It produces it’s fragrant white flowers in May. Fall color is a nice warm gold, an excellent contrast to the more common reds and oranges of fall. Mature size is around 15 feet by 15 feet, making it a nice specimen for a small yard. Twisty Baby is totally not picky about soil but it could use some extra water during very hot and dry periods. This cultivar also was returned to us from overseas. It was discovered in a commercial nursery in New Zealand and introduced by The Conard-Pyle Co.
Feeling Blue Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara ‘Feeling Blue’)
Feeling Blue is a very low growing conifer with a spread of about 6 feet. It basically will be as tall as you stake it. The foliage is bright blue. It is very undemanding once established and sun and drought tolerant. This is the perfect small specimen for a Japanese garden, container or pond – slow growing and unlikely to ever outgrow its space. Feeling blue was selected by plantsman Cliff Comstock, a longtime employee of Monrovia.
Golden Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara ‘Aurea’)
The golden deodar cedrus is actually not a weeping selection buy it’s softly cascading branches warrant it’s inclusion here. The new growth on branches is a bright gold which lightens to light green in the summer months. It is a broadly pyramidal plant reaching about 25 feet tall by 15 feet wide, more with time. Deodar cedars love the sun and prefer good drainage.
Part I of this article can be found here.