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Pine Trees ( Pinus Species )

Note: These seeds need to be cold statified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification, these simple kits make cold stratification very easy and greatly enhances the germination of pines, cedars, junipers and other conifers.

PINE01 Bristlecone Pine ( Pinus Aristata )
Good for Zones 4-8. Slow growing conical tree with bright green leaves and upturned branch tips and dark gray bark. Bears 4" long brown cones. Grows to a height of about 30 ft. Native to Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico.
20 seeds per pack. $3.50
PINE27 Canary Islands Pine ( Pinus Canariensis )
Very attractive ornamental pine with fissured red-brown bark, yellow shoots and grass green leaves. Large 8" cones are borne on long stalks. Can grow to 80 ft. tall. Native to Canary Islands. Good for Zones 9-10.
5 seeds per pack $3.50
PINE23 Swiss Stone Pine ( Pinus Cemba )
Narrow, columnar tree with smooth, dark gray bark becoming fissured with age. Dark green leaves, bluish white underneath. 3" long cones bear edible seeds. Grows 20-25 ft. tall. Native to Central Europe. Good for Zones 3-7.
5 seeds per pack $3.50
PINE05 Big Cone Pine ( Pinus Coulteri )
Good for Zones 8-9. Domed tree with gray bark, becoming black-gray and fissured with age. Radically arranged stiff blue-green leaves. Massive yellow-brown female cones up to 14" long. Grows to 80 ft. tall. Native from Baja California, Mexico.
5 seeds per pack $3.50
PINE28 Pinyon Nut Pine ( Pinus edulis )
The perfect xeriscape plant that will in time produce the famous pinyon nuts for eating.
The pinyon pine group grows in the southwestern United States and in Mexico. The trees yield edible pinyon nuts, which were a staple of the Native Americans, and are still widely eaten. The wood, especially when burned, has a distinctive fragrance, making it a common wood to burn in chimineas
The pinyon (Pinus edulis) is the state tree of New Mexico (pinon in Spanish means nut pine), the trees are relatively small and rarely harvested for timber. However, pinyon nuts and firewood are in demand.
Pinyon is well adapted to the 9 to 15 inches of precipitation it normally receives in its native habitat and is one of the best native plants to use in a low-water use landscapes.
Pinyons grow best when planted in full sun and well-drained soil, at altitudes of 7,500 feet or less.
Just as severe drought stresses pinyons, so does excessive moisture after establishment. Avoid planting them in lawns, except buffalo grass or blue grama. Too much water makes them prone to other insects; established pinyons that receive precipitation only generally have few pest insect problems.
Pinyon needles are 1-2 inches long, medium to dark green, and borne in bundles of two or three. Pinyon cones open up to look like a brown rose. The nuts in the cones are widely sought after by both people and animals.
However, one pinyon in a landscape is unlikely to bear nuts, the shells will be light tan and empty due to lack of sufficient pollen ( a pack of ten seeds should produce several plants ). Where there are more pinyon trees in an area (more pollen), cones may develop chocolate brown shells with nuts. It takes several years for pinyons to reach the size and age necessary to develop cones. Additionally, cones and nuts are not borne every year, but only in years following conducive weather and precipitation.
Pinyon trees can be planted in groups to form a screen or windbreak, or singly as a focal point in the Xeriscape garden along with yarrow, Russian sage, purple coneflower, desert four o'clock and winecups.
USDA zones 5-8.
 10 seeds $2.95
PINE26 Afgan Christmas Pine ( Pinus Elderica )
This is a wonderful pine to grow for Christmas trees. Although it will grow to 70 feet tall, it is very well developed at a young age. It grows fast, has a very pleasant fragrance and keeps well as a cut tree. Good for zones 4-8.
10 seeds per pack $3.50
PINE07 Aleppo Pine ( Pinus Halepensis )
Good for Zones 9-10. Conical tree becoming rounded with age. Scaly red-brown bark and 4" long bright green leaves. 5" long red-brown female cones. Grows to 70 ft. Native to Mediterranean.
20 seeds per pack $3.50
PINE29 Weeping Mexican Pine ( Pinus Patula )
Good for Zones 5-8. This Mexican Weeping Pine is hardy to USDA zone 8. With age it will produce 2-3 main stems and it is enhanced by long drooping leaves, with 4 to 12 inch leaflets (needles). Slow growing to 50'. Seeds stay viable in cold storage for many years. Prior to planting the seeds a stratification period of 60-90 days is needed at 35 degrees in a moist medium.After stratifying: Plant at a depth of 3/4" in loamy soil with some coarse sand added to it. Keep damp. Bright light.
10 seeds per pack $3.50
PINE15 Stone Pine, Umbrella Pine ( Pinus Pinea )
Good for Zones 9-10. Conical tree, becoming domed. Plate-like orange-brown bark. Twisted glossy green leaves and shining brown female cones to 5" long. Grows 50-60 ft. tall. Native to Mediterranean.
5 seeds per pack $3.50
PINE14 Ponderosa Pine ( Pinus Ponderosa )
Good for Zones 5-8. Conical tree, becoming columnar, with deeply fissured brown bark. Grey-green leaves 5-10 inches long and purple female cones to 6 inches long. Grows over 100 ft. tall. Native to Rocky Mountains from British Columbia to California.
10 seeds per pack $3.50
PINE16 Dwarf Siberian Pine ( Pinus Pumila )
Good for Zones 4-7. Spreading, low growing pine shrub. Dark green leaves and 2" long female cones that are violet-purple when young, turning to red or yellow-brown. Male cones are bright red in Spring. Grows only 6-12 ft. tall and spreads to equal distance. Native to Siberian Russian, Japan and China.
5 seeds per pack $3.50
PINE18 Eastern White Pine ( Pinus Strobus )
Good for Zones 4-9. Slender, conical tree becoming flat topped with age. Smooth, gray bark becomes black and cracked with age. Slender, gray green leaves and tapered female cones to 6" long, turning brown when ripe. Widely preferred as a lawn specimen or hedge. Grows to 120 ft. tall. Native from Newfoundland to Georgia.
10 seeds per pack $3.50
PINE20 Loblolly Pine ( Pinus Taeda )
Good for Zones 6-9. Conical tree becoming rounded with age. Gray-brown, deeply furrowed bark. Dark yellowish-green leaves with silvery white lines. Good for quick screens and a very important timber tree. Native to much of the US.
20 seeds per pack $3.50
PINE21 Japanese Black Pine ( Pinus Thunbergii )
Good for Zones 5-8. Conical tree becoming rounder with age. Dark purplish-gray bark and yellow brown shoots. Thick, dark green leaves and 3" long brown female cones. Very attractive plant. Tolerates salt spray and is often planted along roads where snow is broken down with salt. Native to Korea, China, Japan.
20 seeds per pack $3.50

Cedars ( Cedrus Species )

D7886 Western Red Cedar Cedrus atlantica
Atlas cedar is a large and majestic evergreen conifer that can get as tall as 120' and have a spread of 100'. More commonly, and especially in the US, it is 40-60' tall and 20-40' wide. The tree is neatly cone shaped in youth, becoming more open and spreading with a flat top as it ages. The bark is silvery gray and fissured. The stiff, needlelike leaves are bluish green, less than an inch long, and clustered in tufts on short lateral spurs. The egg shaped cones are 3" long, green while developing and brown when mature. When ripe they shatter to release papery winged seeds.

Location: Atlas cedar is native to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco and Algeria in northern Africa.
Atlas cedar does well in sandy to clayey, and acidic to alkaline soils. It grows fast and upward for the first 10-20 years, then as the central leader loses dominance, growth slows and the crown spreads. In young trees, lateral branches may have to be pruned back to keep them from breaking under their own weight. Never prune the central leader, though.
Light: Full sun or partial shade.
Moisture: Drought tolerant once established.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 - 9.
Atlas cedar is an imperial and picturesque specimen tree with massive, horizontal-spreading branches. It is long lived and needs lots of space and should never be used as anything but a specimen. Atlas cedar is tolerant of hot, humid weather and may be a better choice in the south than deodar cedar (C. deodara) which sometimes dies back from the top.

  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
3528 Incense Cedar ( Cedrus deodara )
Also known as Deodar Cedar, it is a large stately conifer with horizontal spreading branches and a conical shape. It can grow to 150 ft (45.7 m) tall with a 40 ft (12.2 m) spread at ground level. More typically, though, they stay less than 50 ft (15.2 m) tall but specimens in their native range have been found more than 200 ft (61 m) tall! Lower branches bend gracefully downward and then up again. Branchlets are densely pubescent and droop downward at the tips. The stiff, needle-like leaves are about 2 in (5.1 cm) long and borne in dense whorls of 20-30 per cluster.
The bluish green female cones are 3-5 in (7.6-12.7 cm) long and egg shaped. After two years they shatter and release little seeds with papery wings. The bark is dark brown to nearly black, smooth on young trees and becoming fissured with age.
Deodar is native to the Himalayas, where it grows at elevations of 3,500 to 12,000 ft (1,067-3,658 m) above sea level.
Deodar is fairly fast growing for the first decade or two, growing as high as 30 ft (9.1 m) in its first 10 years. It is a long-lived and troublefree tree in most areas. Deodar needs neutral to alkaline soil.
Light: Full sun. (In whose shade is a 200 ft (61 m) tree going to grow?)
Moisture: Once established, deodar is drought tolerant.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 - 9.
Most cultivars of deodar will grow into large and handsome specimen trees that need plenty of room. Use these in the back of a large landscape so they can be seen in their entirety. From a distance, deodar is dense and plumose, with a fine texture, and the tip of the tree seems to wave in the breeze. Some cultivars are smaller and more shrublike. With proper pruning most deodars can be maintained as bushy shrubs.
  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
D7866 Cedar of Lebanon ( Cedrus libani )
A mature cedar of Lebanon is a stately and picturesque evergreen conifer. It has a massive (sometimes forked) trunk, very wide-spreading horizontal branches (the lower ones often kissing the ground), and a crown of flat tiers, like table tops.
Although it can get more than 100' tall with an equal spread from its strong limbs, most specimens in cultivation can be expected to top out around 50-70'. In youth the tree is conical and symmetrical. The leaves, about an inch long, are stiff and 4-angled, and arranged in dense clusters on short shoots. The cones are barrel shaped, 3-5" long and held erect, a characteristic of the true cedars (genus Cedrus).
Cedar of Lebanon is very similar to (and very closely related to) Atlas cedar (C. atlantica), and some authorities consider them to be just subspecies in the same species. Michael Dirr, the famous authority on landscape trees from the University of Georgia, says Atlas cedar has a taller, less flattened crown, less densely arranged branchlets, and smaller cones (2-3" long) than cedar of Lebanon.

Location: Cedar of Lebanon is named for the famous forests that grow in Lebanon. The species also occurs in Turkey and Syria. Var. stenocoma is native to southern Turkey.
Culture: The cedars grow well in acidic sands and in thin soils over limestone; pH doesn't matter. Good drainage is essential, however. Cedar of Lebanon has a tendency to produce multiple leaders and the grower may wish to prune out the weaker shoots; do this in autumn. These are slow growing trees.
Light: Young trees can grow in partial shade but will eventually need full sun to realize their potential.
Moisture: Cedar of Lebanon occurs naturally where there is very little summer rainfall, and is quite tolerant of drought. It can thrive where annual precipitation is no more than 15", but it also does well where 80" of annual precipitation is the norm.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 - 9.
Usage: The cedars make majestic specimen trees for parks, estates and larger lawns. A mature cedar of Lebanon, especially one with multiple leaders, will be as wide as it is tall, and a truly picturesque specimen.
Features: The taxonomy of the genus Cedrus is debated by the botanists. Depending on who you believe, you can recognize one, two or four species. The splitters recognize Cyprus cedar (Cedrus brevifolia), cedar of Lebanon, deodar cedar (C. deodar), and Atlas cedar.

  Package of 5 seeds $2.50
B1708 Incense Cedar ( Calocedrus decurrens )

A small pyramidal shaped cedar that is prized for its very fragrant leaves and wood. Easy to start from seeds. A very beautiful bonsai specimen. Incense cedar is an evergreen tree with a skinny, columnar shape in youth, becoming only a little more rounded at maturity. In its native habitat it can get as large as 150 ft (45.7 m) tall with a trunk diameter of 6 ft (1.8 m). In these very large trees, the long straight trunk is swollen and buttressed at the base and usually free of branches for half its length.
Incense cedar does best on well-drained, slightly acidic sandy loams in cool, mountainous areas. Outside its natural range it tends to stay smaller and bushier. Even under ideal conditions, incense cedar is a slow growing tree. But, it can live 1000 years or more. Grows in full sun or part shade. Incense cedar needs lots of moisture to realize its full potential as a large tree. If it gets less water than ideal it will survive, but remain as a smaller, bushy, but still attractive specimen. Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 - 8. Incense cedar does quite well in zones 7 and 8, but usually doesn't get as large as it does up north. Propagation: Incense cedar is difficult, but not impossible, to propagate from cuttings.
The generic name means "beautiful cedar", and that it is. The tall, columnar incense cedar is a handsome specimen for framing a formal landscape. A line of them, like soldiers at attention, adds a formal dimension to driveways and makes a great windbreak or tall screen.
  Package of 5 seeds $1.95
TRN601 Port Orford Cedar ( Chamaecyparis lawsoniana )
A very large, slender conifer with a trunk to 230 feet tall and to about 12 feet in diameter. The foliage consists of fine, pinnately arranged branchlets, densely covered with tiny, scale-like leaves.
It is native only to southwesternmost Oregon and northernmost California, where it is found between sea level and nearly 6600 feet usually as part of a mixed coniferous forest. In cultivation it is adaptable to many soils and is best suited to cold, humid climates in the USDA hardiness zones 6 to 8. It is hardy to very severe freezes.
Seeds should be sown in spring. Best results are obtained when seeds are cold stratified after a warm month. Germination is sporadic and can take well over a year. The wood of this cedar is highly prized and particularly popular with the Japanese. Unfortunately most old-growth have been logged today and many surviving ones are affected by Phytophthora root rot.

Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
 85mg pack ( about 40-50 seeds ) $2.75
TRN602 Sawara Cypress ( Chamaecyparis pisifera )
A large, narrow conifer with a trunk to 160 feet tall and to about 7 feet in diameter. The foliage consists of finely divided branchlets, densely covered with tiny, scale-like leaves.
It is native to the Japanese Islands of Honshu and Kyushu, where it grows between 1000 and 8500 feet. In cultivation it is best suited to cold, humid climates in the USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9. It is hardy to very severe freezes.
Germination is sporadic and can take well over a year. Cold stratification usually improves the process. It is a popular ornamental and can also be trained into a bonsai.

Note: These seeds need to be cold stratified before sowing. We recommend using the Seedman's Cold Stratification Kits for cold stratification.
 6mg pack ( about 20 seeds ) $2.75

Junipers ( Juniperus Species )

BM66 Chinese Juniper Juniperus chinensis
Chinese Juniper has an upright conical form and a spread of only 20 ft (6 m) or so. The bark is brown and shreds off in thin strips. As with other junipers, there are two kinds of leaves. Juvenile leaves on young growth are wedge shaped needles with sharp points and borne in sets of two or three. Adult leaves are diamond shaped and arranged in four ranks overlapping flat on the twigs like fish scales.
Chinese juniper can be grown in acidic or alkaline soils. These useful evergreens are very easy to grow. Can be grown in zones 3-9. The seed requires a period of cold stratification.
  500mg pack ( about 25 seeds ) $2.50
D7880 Rocky Mountain Junifer Juniperus scopulorun
Rocky Mountain juniper is an evergreen large shrub or small tree to 50' tall, but usually much smaller. Specimens are variable in habit, sometimes squat and shrubby, but usually narrowly cone shaped. The trunk is short and stout, often dividing near the ground. The branches are rather thick and spreading to partly erect. Rocky Mountain juniper has reddish bark that is stringy in narrow strips but does not exfoliate. Most of the leaves are like overlapping scales, closely pressed to the twigs. Juvenile leaves, usually only found on young seedlings, are more like needles, and they spread away from the twigs. The foliage is dense and pleasantly aromatic.

Trees may have male or female cones, but not both. The fruits are fleshy berrylike spherical cones, about one-third inch in diameter. They are bright blue with a whitish bloom and sweet tasting, with thin skins. Rocky Mountain juniper is closely related and quite similar to eastern redcedar, and was once believed to be the same species. But eastern redcedar has fruits that mature in a single season, whereas those of Rocky Mountain juniper take two year to ripen. Also, eastern redcedar had exfoliating bark. The two species hybridize where their ranges overlap.

Location: Rocky Mountain juniper occurs in isolated and scattered localities within a wide band from British Columbia to North Dakota, and south to Arizona and New Mexico. It grows from near sea level in the northern part of its range to more than 8000' above sea level in the south. Rocky Mountain juniper grows in alkaline soils on ridges, cliffs and rocky slopes, sometimes in pure stands, but more often in association with other mountain loving evergreens such as ponderosa pine, pinyon pine and Douglas-fir.

Culture: Rocky Mountain juniper is a slow growing tree (6-12" per year), but one that can live more than 300 years. In cultivation it tolerates acidic to alkaline soils, and does best in those that are loose and well drained. It is best adapted to culture in western and northern North America.
Light: Seedlings and saplings can tolerate rather dense shade, but Rocky Mountain junipers, even the smaller cultivars, need full sun to grow to their full potentials.
Moisture: Rocky Mountain juniper is tolerant of drought, but perhaps less so than the other junipers. It should be watered before the soil becomes completely dry. This juniper does poorly in humid climates, but does fine in hot, dry climates.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 - 7.
Usage: Use any of the cultivars of Rocky Mountain juniper for attractive foliage effects in all seasons. This evergreen is useful as a screen, hedge or foundation plant. They make great anchors or focal points for the ends of hedges or mixed borders. Rocky Mountain juniper is a tidy, formal accent shrub alone or in small groups.
Features: Although most cultivars are probably too formal for naturalistic gardens, Rocky Mountain juniper is ideal for neat, well-organized landscapes. Most cultivars require little or no pruning and are relatively free of cultural problems, insects and diseases. They tolerate heat and drought well.

  Package of 10 seeds $2.25

Other Conifer Types

TRM919 Yunnan Youshan ( Keteleeria evelyniana )

A large evergreen conifer to 100' or taller with a trunk to 3 feet in diameter, native to southwestern China, Hainan Island, Laos and Vietnam, where it grows on mountains and in river basins between 600 and 2900 m elevation, sometimes as the dominant tree species. Its wood is of good quality and mostly used for construction.
Parts of the tree are also used in traditional Chinese medicine. In cultivation is is suitable for USDA hardiness zones 7 to 11. It resents too much shade and does best on limestone soils.
Makes a very nice lawn tree for southern zones.
10 seeds per pack $2.95
3450 Pygmy Cypress Pine ( Callitris oblonga )
This rare, small conifer to about 5 m tall is native to Australia, on Tasmania and in New South Wales, where it grows in dry wood and scrublands. It is densely branched, and holds needle-like, bluish-green foliage, small, yellow male cones and woody, oval-shaped, grey female cones that contain dark brown, winged seeds. An attractive, drought tolerant, ornamental for temperate climates, in USDA Zones 8 and 9.
10 seeds per pack $2.50
B1727 Black Hills Spruce ( Picea glauca densata )
This exquisite spruce is raised primarily as an ornamental tree in parks and gardens, however in should be in every lawn as well. There is probably not a more beautiful tree to be found. It is raised for Christmas trees and probably makes the best ones. It is now becoming the choice of bonsai growers as well.
Black Hills spruce is a variety of white spruce that is native to a geographically isolated area in and around the Black Hills of South Dakota. It was originally called Picea glauca var. densata, but many experts now designate it as Picea glauca 'Densata' because its differences from the species are judged insufficient to justify classification as a botanical variety.
In its small native habitat, it is commonly found growing at around 6000 ft. in elevation. It typically grows rather slowly in a dense, symmetrical cone to 20-25' tall, but over time may rise to 40-60' or more. It is distinguished from the species by having smaller size with slower growth rate, denser habit, brighter green to blue-green needles and slightly shorter cones. By reputation in the horticulture industry, Black Hills spruce is a superior ornamental tree to the species. Black Hills spruce is the state tree of South Dakota.
For zones 3-6.
 70mg Package ( about 20 seeds ) $1.95
TRN556 Black Spruce ( Picea glauca densata )
Black Spruce is a North American species of spruce tree in the pine family. It is widespread across Canada, found in all 10 provinces and all 3 Arctic territories. Its range extends into northern parts of the United States: in Alaska, the Great Lakes region, and the upper Northeast.
It is a slow-growing, small upright evergreen coniferous tree having a straight trunk with little taper, a scruffy habit, and a narrow, pointed crown of short, compact, drooping branches with upturned tips. Through much of its range it averages 15 to 50 feet tall with a trunk 6 to 20 inches in diameter at maturity.
The bark is thin, scaly, and grayish brown. The leaves are needle-like, dark bluish green on the upper sides, paler glaucous green below. The cones are the smallest of all of the spruces, only being about 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long and 1/2 to 3/4 inches across but they are beautiful. Cones are spindle shaped to nearly round, dark purple ripening red-brown, produced in dense clusters in the upper crown, opening at maturity but persisting for several years.
For zones 2-6.
 23mg Package ( about 20 seeds ) $2.95