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Availability of dwarf/miniature Woodies

Submitted by plstritch on Thu, 12/19/2013 - 13:32

Can someone suggest some good sources for ordering/obtaining dwarf/miniature woodies?  My wife and I are going to construct a new "bonsai" themed rock garden this coming year.  I have a couple of sources for conifers but am finding it very difficult to find sources for deciduous shrubs like Salix, Ulmus, Betula etc.  

Any help will be appreciated.



Rhododendron 2013

Submitted by Hoy on Sat, 05/25/2013 - 15:00

Although the winter was tough it seems that most rhododendrons survived although the leaves are somewhat burnt.

Here are some flowering now:

A cross I got as a small seedling, I don't know the parency though.

Californian shrubs

Submitted by Tim Ingram on Fri, 06/29/2012 - 06:40

Carpenteria californica always garners attention from visitors to the garden at this time of year. I've had to prune it quite strongly to allow space to underplant with cyclamen and bulbs, and actually quite like that peeling bark which I hadn't noticed before. I would love to try growing other shrubs such as Arctostaphylos, but these are hardly known in cultivation here. I wonder what other 'woodies' might be recommended?


Submitted by Gene Mirro on Thu, 06/07/2012 - 10:53

A young Kalmiopsis plant:

It was grown from a small plant purchased from Leach Botanic Garden in Portland, Oregon, two years ago. Growing in full sun on a raised bed of sandy loam soil. Occasional summer watering. Doesn't seem difficult.


Submitted by Mark McD on Sat, 05/26/2012 - 20:38

Even rock gardeners plant trees, either for shade or for ornamental purposes in their gardens. I'm starting this topic to explore favorite ornamental trees and shrubs that we might consider adding to our gardens.

I start with Magnolia tripetala, a southeastern USA species. The USDA Plant Profile link shows its native distribution as including New England and Massachusetts, whereas the Flora of North America does not, it shows a more limited southerly range. Regardless, this "giant leaf" magnolia is perfectly hardy here.