Dwarf Globe Conifers are a beautiful addition to have in any landscape. Along with their varying colors and textures they are also the perfect size to fit into just about any landscape plan including entrance gardens, evergreen and perennial gardens, poolscapes, rock gardens, Japanese gardens and more. The terminology 'Globe' or 'Globosa' refers to any conifer that is "globe-like" or rounded in appearance. Globose conifers come in a range of colors from blue to green to golden and all tend to stay relatively compact. The American Conifer Society lists approximately 300 varieties of globe conifer of which 85% are dwarf. The five species being discussed here today are hardy in a range of zones from 2-9, are easy to maintain and all serve as wonderful focal points in the landscape.
|Picea pungens 'Montgomery'|
Picea pungens 'Montgomery' (Montgomery Globe Spruce) is a very slow growing dwarf conifer hardy in zones 2-8. The dense vibrant blue-green foliage of this evergreen shrub provides year round interest and fits in nicely as part of a foundation planting, in a rock garden or poolscape. Picea pungens 'Montgomery' thrives in full sun and prefers a moderately moist yet well drained slightly acidic soil. It requires regular weekly watering or more in extreme heat and it is best not to allow this plant to completely dry out. Picea pungens 'Montgomery' grows to a mature height and width of 3-4' and is known to be deer resistant. Whether your garden is formal or informal this conifer is sure to make a statement.
|Cryptomeria japonica 'Gobosa Nana' (Dwarf Globe Cryptomeria)|
Cryptomeria japonica 'Globosa Nana' is a dwarf evergreen conifer hardy to zones 5-7. It prefers full to partial sun and moderately moist, slightly-acidic soil which should not be allowed to completely dry out. Crytomeria japonica 'Globosa Nana' has a slow growth rate and maintains a compact mounding growth habit. At maturity this shrub will form a dense mound measuring approximately 2-3 feet in height by 4-8 feet in width. Cryptomeria japonica 'Globosa Nana' serves nicely as a single specimen planting. While most varieties of Cryptomeria grow to be quite large this specimen will give you the same beautiful lime green color with a compact plant. This plant is also deer resistant.