That is Stone Pine (or Umbrella Pine) and Seven Sons Tree (or Northern Crape Myrtle). I’ve planted neither, but that isn’t stopping me from obsessing.
Graceful midsized, arch topped trees is clearly what I am craving. In my garden I can actually have the Seven Sons Tree and unless one of you inform me of it’s horribleness in the comments, I will probably plant 2 or 3 right in front of my compost area this season.
Heptacodium Miconoides (Seven sons tree) Isn’t it a lovely shape?
The Pinus Pinea, on the other hand is just out of my (zone) reach. Dang. I’m really hot on this tree too.
Pinus pinea (Stone pine in Rome, Italy).
Do you live in zone 8 or 9? You could plant Pinus pinea in your garden (BTW, they take a really long time to look like this — but isn’t that some awesome city tree?).
Both trees are an excellent focal point and should be placed where their sculptural beauty can be appreciated and highlighted by the surrounding architecture (or lack of), or plants. Pinus pinea reminds me of England. At a mature height it looks alot like Cedar of Lebanon. When we lived in England, I found that when lost in the country (which was often), while looking for a famed garden or an old castle, you can look at the skyline and see if you see a cedar of lebanon poking above all else. That will, for sure, be where you are going. I can only surmise that these were very popular with garden designers a long, long time ago as every old garden has one.
Stone Pine in Portugal.
Both the stone pine and the Cedar of Lebanon remind me of clouds. The Stone Pine is the fluffly but dangerous Cumulonimbus whereas the Cedar of Lebanon is like the less menacing lenticular. I wish I could grow them both.
Back to focusing on real possibilities for my New England location, here is what I am most excited about with the soon to be Heptacodium Miconoides:
Apparently they grow pretty fast and when new and small they look kinda like this:
but a simple prune can near instantly turn it into this:
In my book that is some satisfying pruning when you can make a blob into a winsome elegant little tree.
So tell me, have you grown either of these two trees? Do you have lessons to share? And can I come visit your stone pine?
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