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If You Could Only Pick One…

That’s the question we posed to our seventeen Reference Gardens, earlier this year. If you could only pick one (or two) conifers as your tried and true, never fail, never let you down, always makes you smile – which one (or two) would you choose?

What an interesting and fun project for us! We asked this same question in 2011 and got a great response. This year, we have 28 what I like to call “Top Picks” and only four are duplicates of the 2011 list. Hmmmm! Another surprising factor is that 14 of the 28 are ‘species only’, i.e., no cultivars! That’s a huge change from 2011, when cultivars “ruled”.

The following chart details the 2016 SE Reference Garden Top Picks for reliable, interesting conifers for the Southeast. With our Regional meeting coming up in August, we’re going to try our darnedest to have every one of these conifers as part of our silent or live auction.

If you would like to donate one of the listed plants, or any plants or plant-related items for the upcoming auctions, please contact Barbie Colvin at If you would like a copy of the 2011 Top Picks, send me an email and I’ll send a copy to you! See how many of these you have in your collection, and pick up the rest at the Southeast Regional Meeting in August!

Barbie Colvin is the SER Reference Garden Coordinator. Excerpt from the June 2016 Southeastern Conifer Quarterly. Gain access to archives of past newsletters and the National Conifer Quarterly by becoming a member of the American Conifer Society.

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