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Little Jon Douglas Fir

Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Little Jon'

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Little Jon Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Little Jon') at Stonegate Gardens

Little Jon Douglas Fir

Little Jon Douglas Fir

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Height:  12 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Description:

A handsome conical shaped dwarf fir that is globular when young and very slow growing; it has dense delicate foliage on fine branchlets, needles are flat, soft and thin giving this shrub its fine texture; enjoys full sun in the garden

Ornamental Features

Little Jon Douglas Fir is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its ornamental globe-shaped form. It has attractive green evergreen foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Little Jon Douglas Fir is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Little Jon Douglas Fir is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Little Jon Douglas Fir will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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