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By Fran44

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom Gb

Hi everyone, its been a long time since I've been on this site, just found it again purely by chance, so glad I did as will be looking through all the photos to catch up and hopefully upload some of my own later.

Quick question - I am looking for a conifer (or something similar) that is variegated if possible (more interesting colour anyway) that won't grow too big, I have just bought a couple of Gold Crest but after reading the info on here it looks like I will not be planting these! Any info would be appreciated, the conifers need to be around 5 ft tall maximum and not have too wide a span either. Now onto catch up with all the lovely photos. TIA



I bought a Juniper x Pfitzeriana Carberry Gold last week. Supposedly grows to about 4ft high with 4ft spread in 20 years.
Also got Chamaecyparis pisifera Boulevard which is silvery (ultimately a lot bigger) - they're both going to get bonsaied.
I'm not a particular fan of conifers but it was on the half price end of season shelf so I reckoned that I wasn't going to risk much for a fiver.

Why have you decided against the Goldcrest (presumably you mean Cupressus macrocarpa Goldcrest)?

26 Feb, 2015


Hi, Tsuga canadensis 'albospica' can be kept at around 4-5ft, which encourages a bushier habit, or Tsuga canadensis 'Jeddeloh' is a small evergreen rounded shrub, green leaves with 2 whitish bands underneath, and bright green new growth, Derek.

26 Feb, 2015


Hi Urbanite, I am worried that the Goldcrest are going to grow much too big so decided not to use them but thanks for the other advice will take a look at the conifers you have mentioned.

27 Feb, 2015


Hi Derekm, thanks for the advice and I will take a look at the shrubs you have mentioned, just need a few more evergreen colours in the borders.

27 Feb, 2015


You might want to consider plants besides conifers. There are other options for year-round colour/interest

28 Feb, 2015


Hi Urbanite, yes I have been looking around at plants, went down to my local nursery today and came home with a tree peony and a dwarf cherry, neither evergreen but beautiful but there had lots of other options so will be going back with pen and notebook to work out which would work better in my garden. Suggestions if you have some would be much appreciated, thanks

28 Feb, 2015

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