A tiny tree

For an enduring touch of holiday green, consider a tiny planted conifer rather than a cut juletrae. The saplings of species with unusual colours, textures, and silhouettes bring the forest indoors for a wonderfully natural Christmas. Best of all, young trees can be planted outside after the holidays, where they’ll grow to full size in the years to come, serving as a reminder of celebrations past.

Excerpted from Terrain by Greg Lemkuhl.

Root and Branch For natural cheer, root an evergreen cutting in a glass bauble vase, paired with a matching cloche.

Specimen guide 

These evergreen species offer sculptural saplings with a remarkable array of growth habits, from sleek and slender to graceful and drooping. 

Japanese cedar
Blue atlas cedar
Deodar cedar

Japanese cedar Cryptomeria japonica ‘Black Dragon’: This slow-growing dwarf conifer is prized by gardeners for its remarkable foliage, which matures from bright green to nearly black.

Blue atlas cedar Cedrus atlantica: Like its weeping cousin, this cedar is noteworthy for its striking blue hue. Its young, slender limbs will spread into a majestic, pyramidal form as it grows.

Deodar cedar Cedrus deodara: The Deodar cedar, native to the Himalayas, features gently drooping branches with gray-green needles. Deodar is derived from the Sanskrit name for the species, devadaru, which means “timber of the gods.”

Japanese white pine
Weeping atlas
White spruce

Japanese white pine Pinus parviflora: This graceful pine is native to steep slopes and ridges in Japan and Korea. Its finely textured needles are long and brushy, with a blue-green hue.

Weeping blue atlas cedar Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca Pendula’: Native to the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco, this cedar is descriptively named for its drooping habit and unusual, powder blue shade.

White spruce (Picea glauca): An upright shape and stiff, blue-green needles make this medium-size conifer the perfect choice for a classic Christmas look.

Hero image above: Miniature evergreens make a surprising gift for the holiday hostess, tucked inside a glass hurricane and wrapped in lights.

Excerpted from Terrain by Greg Lemkuhl (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2018. Distributed in New Zealand by Bookreps NZ Ltd. 

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