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Longleaf pine

Japanese black pine

Japanese black pine

but if left unchecked,
Leyland cypress eventually grows more than 50
feet tall. It is one of the
most widely planted
conifers in the South,
despite being somewhat
disease-prone. To ward
off any problems, don't
plant it in tight spaces with
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cedar) have very short needles
with a soft, springy texture that
is pleasing to the eye. The trees
have a neat, conical form and
adopt a bronzy glow in winter.
Many varieties are available in
nurseries, including dwarf forms
that grow just 3 feet tall and 3 feet
wide. Japanese cedars tolerate part
shade.
Bald cypress

(Pinus thunbergii)
Though it will grow quite large if left to its own
devices, this species is the rare pine that is amenable to heavy
pruning, making it suitable for smaller spaces. It is a popular
choice for traditional Japanese gardens, where it is often pruned
into interesting, gnarled shapes. Japanese black pine has darkergreen needles and bark than many other pines, which are both
offset by the silvery-white tips of its young branches.

False cypress (Chamaecyparis spp.)
This large group of conifers, mainly native to Asia, includes
many varieties that thrive in the South. While there are some
trees in the bunch, most are shrubs, which are commonly used
as evergreen hedges. Plant breeders have developed a number
of unique false cypress varieties with colored needles that are
silvery-blue, bright gold or green flecked with white.

Leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii)
Growing at an astonishing rate of 3 to 4 feet per year, this
narrow, upright shrub forms a dense 15-foot hedge within a few
years. It may be maintained at this height with annual pruning,

Longleaf pine (Pinus palustris)
While this native eventually will reach up to
100 feet in height, it is a slow grower at first. In fact, it
spends its first five to seven years as a clump of needles less than knee-high; botanists refer to this as its
"grass stage." It is in this grass-like form-which is an
attractive addition to the landscape in its own right-
that you most often find longleaf pines in nurseries.

Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum)
Although bald cypress is native to swampy
habitats, you don't need to have a swamp in your yard
to grow it. The trees grow perfectly well in ordinary
garden settings, though they do benefit from frequent
watering. Bald cypress is one of the rare conifers that
drops its needles in winter.
Brian Barth is a writer and landscape designer
living in Canada.
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