Let them live

New Zealand Woman’s Weekly - - WEEKLY GARDEN -

Don’t want a dead pine tree drop­ping nee­dles all over the car­pet? Go for a liv­ing tree that you can keep from one year to the next.

JU­NIPE­RUS CHINENSIS KAIZUKA is a de­signer conifer that will live hap­pily in a con­tainer. It’ll grow to about two me­tres and makes a fab­u­lous con­tainer tree.

PI­NUS MUGO is even smaller, stretch­ing to reach 60cm in height. It has fresh green fo­liage and grows very slowly, so you should have it for many Christ­mases to come.

THE DWARF BAL­SAM FIR is also slow-grow­ing and has grey-green nee­dles that look good year-round. It’s ev­er­green and should only grow to about 1.5 me­tres.

CRYP­TOME­RIA fo­liage has a Christ­massy look and no, you don’t need the shel­ter-belt va­ri­ety. There’s a lit­tle one, Com­pressa, that stays re­ally small, around 75cm. It’s ev­er­green, but in win­ter the fo­liage turns bronze and pur­ple.

An­other slow grower, the dwarf Bal­sam fir should make it to 1.5 me­tres.

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