Native Region: Eastern Europe/Western Asia
Zone Range: 4-9
Preferred Climate: Full to semi sun; well draining soils.
Harvest Date: Wednesday 16 January, 2008
Seed count: 20-25
Short greenish black needles resemble bristle brushes on this species are quite a contrast compared to other conifers. Narrow pyrimidal shape packed with branches that act as a unit to shed snow loads. In spring, male flowers look like miniature strawberries whereas the female cones are reddish purple that later ripen to narrow small cones sticky with resin. Slow growing and easy to grow...ideal for large and small gardens alike. At maturity reaches 20 meters in height and 4 meters in width.
Tolerant of poor soils. Dirr states 'to see her is to love her'. Hand sorted seed for great germination rates.
Easy. Soak seed 12-24 hours. Sow 3 mm deep in a well draining humus rich medium. Germinate at 15-18 C. Should germinate in 14-30 days.