Pruning Conifers

There are around 600 species of Conifers, from the most vigorous Leylandii to low growing varieties such as Juniper Blue Chip. Conifers are so-called due to their conical shape and are mostly trees and evergreens but make good hedges too. All conifers bear seeds inside cones, providing a woody protection. There are seven types of conifers. The largest is the Pine family (232 species), which includes trees such as fir, pine and spruce. Conifers have become a fundamental part of today’s garden landscape and require very little pruning. The Conifer is essential for providing shape and colour all year round, especially in winter, and is typically fast growing. Typical examples include cedars, cypresses, firs, junipers, kauris, larches, pines, redwoods, spruces, and yews.