Did you know that a dwarf evergreen conifers are usually a shorter cultivar of the original species? Dwarf, however, is a relative term however.
For instance, dwarf varieties of the popular Japanese Falsecypress can reach a whopping 20 feet in height. It takes heavy, and often deforming, pruning to keep these “dwarfs” in their place. By selecting a cultivar for a specific size, not just a “dwarf” you can save yourself from a disappointing result.
Here are two low maintenance alternatives that will not outgrow their space and also provide color and structure to your winter garden.
Thuja koraiensis ‘Glauca Prostrata’ – unique silvery blue foliage color that will grow well in sun and semi-shaded areas. Mature height: 2-3 feet.
Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘King’s Gold’ – Great, dependable golden color on cascading branches. Will tolerate sun and semi-shaded areas. Mature height: 3-5 feet.