Conifers

Conifers are ideal for adding structure, colour and texture to borders or as a specimen tree planted in a lawn. Foliage comes in many shades of green, blue, gold and silver. You can view Conifers by species or if you want to browse, click on "All Conifers" and use the filters that appear to narrow your search. In addition, we have an excellent selection of evergreen trees that are not coniferous.

Choosing & Growing Conifer Trees

Whilst Conifers can vary from low ground cover to the tallest trees in the world, all the varieties we offer have been specially selected for being suitable for growing in gardens. If you want to create a mixed conifer bed, make use of conifers with different colours, textures, shapes and height to ensure there is plenty of interest. If you want a single specimen tree, there are many that have neat columnar or pyramidal shapes or graceful weeping branches. Some conifer varieties are good for hedging, providing dense, evergreen screening.

As with most newly planted trees, conifers need a good watering regime until they are established. Once established, most do not require much watering and feeding can be done on an annual basis.

Interesting Facts About Conifers

  • Fossils of Conifers have been dated back as far as the Carboniferous period, around 300 million years ago
  • The oldest tree alive today is thought to be 4,600 years old and is a Pinus longaeva, a species of Conifer
  • The tallest tree alive today has been measure at 115.5 metres tall and is a Sequoia sempervirens, a species of Conifer
  • Whilst many people assume Conifers are evergreen, there are a few deciduous species such as Larch
  • Evergreen conifers, such as Juniper, are symbols of longevity, strength and fertility
  • The wood and oil of Cedar trees is a natural repellent to moths, hence the use of cedar chests for storing cloths
  • Fir trees include some of the most popular varieties of Christmas trees as they have fragrant needles which are less likely to shed than other species of ornamental conifers
  • The Wright brothers first aircraft was made from the wood of Spruce trees
  • Captain Cook made alcoholic, sugar based Spruce beer for his crew as it is high in Vitamin C and helped to prevent scurvy on long voyages

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