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SOLVED: Interesting arrangement...

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

...and despite obvious reasons to critique this planting, what is the latest name for this pendulous conifer that (I think) hails from northwestern North America?

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Santa Ana, CA(Zone 10b)

No idea! Icouldn't get past OMG!

Perth, Australia

Xanthocyperis nootkatensis 'Pendula'?? Maybe? What a *bizarre* choice of planting!

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

what an unusual choice ! Looks like creepy things out to grab you when you visit. I wonder if they are big Halloween fans.

Raleigh, NC(Zone 7b)

On a foggy night that would look like a gathering of Ents.

Portland, OR(Zone 8a)

LOL... Believe it or not I have seen several home in our area with similar plan things. Now I wish I would have some pics to share.
Are they
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula' ?

Just trying to pronounce the name would cause me do a mass planting!

Perth, Australia

They look like they belong in a Scooby Doo episode... "I woulda got away with it, if it wasn't for you meddling kids!"

Rolesville, NC(Zone 7b)

Wow. That's somethin' else.

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

I can't believe you all are making such fun of my front yard...

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

OK - not really my yard.

Xanthocyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula' (maybe 'Glauca') looks like the answer.

As to taste and/or planting predilections...that will be eternally UNSOLVED.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

plant geek humor, love it.

Beautiful, BC(Zone 9b)

With 'Pendula', the tip is bent. It looks too blue for that. Maybe Xanthocyparis nootkatensis 'Green Arrow' http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/78987/
For some reason it didn't look like 'Pendula' to me as it is used at just about every Chevron station in town.

Richland, WA(Zone 7b)

Whatever they are, I see a lot of them in our area- I think they are ugly!

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

Someone probably got a "great deal" somewhere - or a local contractor/designer was moving on, and wanted to "leave their mark". Lexington, KY is just not a good simile for Pacific northwest rainforest plantings (though these images were taken on an overcast dreary wet January afternoon).

Next full moon, I'll get out with infrared camera (and Green Lantern) and get some closeups...

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Here are some fairly good pics of a variety of Chamaecyparis for comparison


Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Quote from grlwonder :
Xanthocyperis nootkatensis 'Pendula'?? Maybe? What a *bizarre* choice of planting![/quote]

[quote="GardenGuyKin"]LOL... Believe it or not I have seen several home in our area with similar plan things. Now I wish I would have some pics to share.
Are they Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula' ?

Taxonomic update: now Cupressus nootkatensis 'Pendula'


Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

Thanks, Resin, for the final taxonomic word.

I suppose you would also agree that many plants are a bit much for a typical residential property...

Beautiful, BC(Zone 9b)

I think it looks great. It provides some privacy for those living in the house without blocking light. This is one of the few conifer trees that has a restricted width that can be planted close to buildings. I think that is why Chevron stations are planted with it so much in my area. The other one is Picea omorika. They must have a nice Christmas light display.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

I'll grant you that growin.
the few houses here where I see traditional conifers in the front (quarter acre lots usually) - like cute little conical blue spruces--trees get tall and lower branches get removed, they end up later with gloomy, dark, bare needle strewn ground around the front of the house. Just really uninviting.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Who knows what weird sense of humor/delight the owners have? Maybe those have a special meaning...remind them of something from the past/future...or they just hired a really strange landscaper....the psyche of a gardener is full of dips and twists....

Beautiful, BC(Zone 9b)

or maybe they're transplants from the Pacific Northwest or Chevron station owners.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

LOL...Ya never know Growin....they could be Chevron Station Owners from the PNW...grin

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