Columnar Scotch Pine - Added - April 2023
There comes a time in the Spring when the allure of the big box nursery becomes too strong. Normally...I can rely on my 'plan' and walk away without buying things that don't have a home. But, when I came face-to-face with this pallet of (what I'll call) unique evergreen trees (or...at the *very least*...these are unique for big box stores), I was smitten. There were like five different conifers - each with some unique characteristic. Upright, golden, columnar, weeping. Just...*chef's kiss*.
They were all priced the same, but the one that I was most drawn-to was this one below:
A wonderfully distinctive evergreen tree, featuring showy orange bark when mature. A strong central leader and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. excellent as a tall screen, a vertical accent, or as a feature tree in smaller home landscapes.
Wonderfully distinctive. Showy orange bark. Strong central leader. Narrowly upright. Columnar growth habit. Tall Screen. Vertical accent. Feature tree. In smaller home landscapes.
Well...it was meant to be. The tree was ours - thanks to a gift.
Now...let's talk about a few things here.
First...my 2023 to-do list starts with adding evergreens. This is an evergreen, so...check. And #21 is to keep planting trees. Check number two.
But....if we're looking back through the garden diary, I don't have the best track record with conifers. I've fallen in love with unique evergreen trees before. And have been burned.
I tried a Japanese White Pine. It didn't make it.
I planted a Fraser Fir. It died very quickly.
I planted a number of tiny Canadian Hemlocks. A bunch of them died.
I tried a weeping Cedar. It, too, didn't make it.
I planted a Weeping White Spruce. It hasn't died, but it suffered.
I tried a Dwaft Alberta Spruce. It didn't make it.
This past Winter, I appear to have lost a couple of Green Giant Thujas. (more on these soon)
So, you might be wondering...what is going to make this tree - a columnar Scotch Pine - different? I'm actually not sure. But, that doesn't mean I'm not going to try.
I dug it a nice hole and put it in along the south fence line. This area gets morning sun - in between the houses - and I placed it close to the fence to serve as a background to some flowering shrubs. There are a number of things around it - like Yews and Grasses. I figured...I'm NOT going to disturb those right now - lets see if this tree makes it first.
This is the first tree planted in 2023. And 2023 marks my seventh tree-planting season.
The Columnar Scotch Pine is the 78th tree planted - the most recent was the Triumph Elm last Fall.
There are some dead trees that I need to round up, but for now...I'm not counting anything dead this season. That means, since 2017, we (now) have 57 of 78 trees that we've planted.78 trees planted/7 growing seasons = 11.14 trees on average planted each season
57 trees alive/7 growing seasons = 8.14 trees on average survive each season.
1. Flowering Pear in backyard on north side.
3. Japanese flowering cherry
4 and 5: 2 Lindens that I espalier'd and placed by the south fence line near our kitchen windows.
7. Nat's Saucer Magnolia in our front yard
2018 (17 planted. 6 Dead):
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. These Frans Fontaine Hornbeams.
22. A replacement Chanticleer Pear tree (3" caliper) out front by our garage
25. Our replanted/replacement Dawn Redwood. Same spot as the first.
26. This teeny-tiny Bald Cypress that I planted in the front yard, in between our driveway and our neighbor to the north.
33. My new Weeping White Spruce that will only grow about 4' wide placed near the fence line alongside the espalier'd Lindens.
46. A small Northern Red Oak tree - our first Oak tree planted.
47. A 'decapitated' Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud that I planted on a whim.
49. A tall(ish) London Plane tree that suffered some transplant and frost shock, but seemed to recover.
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