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ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

January 19, 2013
5:15 PM

Post #9390554

...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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OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

January 19, 2013
5:17 PM

Post #9390558

No idea! Icouldn't get past OMG!
grlwonder
Perth
Australia

January 19, 2013
5:23 PM

Post #9390567

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

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 19, 2013
5:24 PM

Post #9390573

what an unusual choice ! Looks like creepy things out to grab you when you visit. I wonder if they are big Halloween fans.
TomH3787
Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 19, 2013
5:24 PM

Post #9390575

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

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

January 19, 2013
5:24 PM

Post #9390577

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!
grlwonder
Perth
Australia

January 19, 2013
5:29 PM

Post #9390586

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

plantfreak78

plantfreak78
Rolesville, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 19, 2013
6:00 PM

Post #9390614

Wow. That's somethin' else.

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

January 19, 2013
6:19 PM

Post #9390645

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

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

January 19, 2013
6:24 PM

Post #9390654

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.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 19, 2013
7:31 PM

Post #9390751

plant geek humor, love it.

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


January 19, 2013
10:37 PM

Post #9390880

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.
JoParrott
Richland, WA
(Zone 7b)

January 19, 2013
11:02 PM

Post #9390890

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

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2013
6:16 AM

Post #9390964

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...

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 20, 2013
7:39 AM

Post #9391039

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

http://nursery.artknappsurrey.com/trees-shubs/page/21/

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

January 20, 2013
9:11 AM

Post #9391149

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


GardenGuyKin wrote: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'

Resin

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

January 20, 2013
9:05 PM

Post #9391944

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...

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


January 20, 2013
9:22 PM

Post #9391953

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.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 21, 2013
7:24 AM

Post #9392206

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.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 21, 2013
7:53 AM

Post #9392254

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...

growin

growin
Vancouver, BC
(Zone 8b)


January 21, 2013
10:45 AM

Post #9392445

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

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 21, 2013
4:21 PM

Post #9392812

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

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