Miniature Garden Trees: Blue Planet Spruce, Compact Fernspray Cypress, Cumulus Sawara Cypress
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Mini Set: Hinoki, Thyme-Leaf Cotoneaster, Intermedia Cypress

The trees in this set are outdoor trees and come in 2 1/4" pots as shown. They can be planted in full sun to part sun with good-draining soil. Let them dry out a bit in between watering sessions if they are grown in a container, to avoid over-watering. 

  • As a group, cold hardy to zones 5-8, see below for individual hardiness
  • As a group, heat hardy to zone 8-6
  • Needs well-drained soil
  • Regular water, let dry out to damp to avoid overwatering
  • All are outdoor plants
  • All come in 2 1/4" pots


Compact Fernspray Cypress – Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Filicoides Compacta’ 

Shown above with a little winter blush - the leaves turn colorful with the colder temperatures. This lovely hinoki grows more like a fern than a tree. A stunning gem for the miniature garden, the branches grow out from the base of the tree rather than along the trunk – thus the “Fernspray” name. You can prune it to keep its compact shape or just let it do what it does naturally. An unusual hinoki for the miniature garden that can stand alone as a focal point. A treat to grow. 

  • Growth: 6” – 12" per year – we’ve experienced it as being a slower-growing in our miniature gardens 
  • Shape: Upright broad
  • Hardiness: Cold hardy Zones 5-8 or to -20F
  • Heat Zones 8-1


Intermediate Sawara Cypress - Chamaecyparis pisifera squarrosa 'Intermedia' 

This Squarrosa Intermediate Cypress is an unexpected treat for the miniature garden. It is a little faster growing but it can be sheared to slow down the growth rate, or, leave it to grow into a miniature bush, and then trim it to keep it in shape.

In the full-sized garden this plant is used for topiary, when the whip-like branches are trimmed annually, it will fill in with compressed, soft foliage. If left alone, it will grow up to look like a wild miniature shrub.

  • Growth rate: 6" to 12" per year 
  • Can be trimmed annually to slow down the growth rate
  • Upright broad shape
  • Cold hardy Zones 4-8 or to -30F
  • Heat Zones 8-1 but avoid extremes to be safe


Thyme-Leaf Cotoneaster - Cotoneaster microphylla 'Thymifolius'

A darling little shrub that we have been searching years for. It is highly coveted as a tree for the garden railroad because it can be trained into an apple tree - the cotoneaster berries look like apples (not edible!) 

  • White or pinkish flowers in the summer followed by red inedible berries
  • Great for in-ground or containers
  • Also known as 'Thyminifolia'
  • Needs full sun, in desert areas shelter it from the hot sun
  • Cold hardy in Zones 5 - 9, or to -20F
  • Heat zones 8 - 6
  • Growth rate estimated at 3" to 5" per year, but can to be pruned
  • Spreading growth habit

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  • Item #: PLMS-12

Mini Set: Hinoki, Thyme-Leaf Cotoneaster, Intermedia Cypress

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