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Insider Tour – Conifers

Conifer – Member of coniferales order. Cone bearing, needle or scale-like leaves, resinous sap, wind pollinated
Tour themes: Effects of lighting on tree form. Heat tolerance. Leaf shape and rigidity. Soil preference.
Juniperus virginiana ‘Glauca Compacta’. Dioecious
Taxodium mucronatum (Montezuma Cypress) – Female cones smaller, disjoint range (disagreement), evenly distributed stoma, knees rare, drops branches in dry periods. Monoecious
Cupressus lusitanica – Central Mexico down to El Salvador. Mixed conifer, oak, clethra forests with ericaceous and theaceous shrub. On cliffs with steep drainage. Monoecious
Cupressus funebris – Vietnam, S. China
Juniperus flaccida – Central Mexico to Big Bend, Texas. Smaller tree, female.
Pinus sp. ‘Weeping’ – Ted Doreumus, 2015. Monoecious
Pinus taeda ‘J. C. Raulston’ – Ted Doremus, 2007
Taxodium ascendans ‘Prairie Sentinel’
Taxodium distichum ‘Wooster Broom’ Incorrectly labeled dwarf 5’ x 5’.
Taxodium distichum ‘Peve Minaret’
Juniperus rigida ‘Pendula’ – to about 15 ft. Strongly upward young branches, then mopped down. Rigid leaves.
Cryptomeria japonica ‘Gokoryu’ Location important
Cryptomeria japonica ‘Yoshino’
Taxus chinensis – dioecious. Spirally arranged leaves with a flat base.
Abies firma – Bright green adaxial, gray-green abaxial, warm temperate to cool. Root stock.
Thujopsis dolobrata – Monotypical genus. Location and light important. Conical to shrubby. Water.
Removed Cryptomeria japonica ‘Albaspica’ – Location important, white new growth in sun.
Taxus wallichiana – Recent microbiological studies different species.
Podocarpus matudae – Variable species from Eastern Mexico to Guatemala. Water climate, high rainfall and specific microbiome.
Taxodium distichum – knees
Metasequoia glyptostroboides – Recently discovered critically endangered. Shortest redwood. Deciduous like Taxodium. Morphologically unchanged for 65 million years. Like wet climates, but can tolerate some dry weather, but maybe not Texas drought.
Pinus pseudostrobus – yellow softwood pine from central Mexico to Guatemala.
Taxus chinensis – Sparsely branched in shade.
Taxus chinensis – Shrubby and leggy in too much sun.
Cupressus arizonica var glabra ‘Raywood’s Weeping’ – could benefit from some trimming of branch tips.
Pinus taeda ‘Nana’
Araucaria angustifolia – dioecious
Cupressus funebris
Keteleeria fortunei
Keteleeria davidiana – monoecious
Keteleeria pubescens
Taxus chinensis – Densely branched in sun.