Asking for advice on these nursery species

I recently found a few pieces of nursery stock and I’d like advice from anyone with familiarity before I make any poor decisions. Any experience, positive or negative, is welcome and appreciated. These are the species:

  • Pinus thunbergii ‘Kotobuki’
  • Pinus nigra ‘Oregon Green’
  • Pinus banksia
  • Juniperus squamata expansa parsonii ‘Parson’s Juniper’
  • Tsuga canadensis ‘Cole’s Prostrate’

A few notes:

  • Some of the Kotobuki Pines are 12 feet tall with 6-8" trunks; I’m wondering if I have some decent low branching how they would respond to a trunk chop, assuming it is done at the appropriate time and the tree is healthy.
  • A few of the ‘Oregon Green’ have thick trunks, decent movement and good nebari; they appear to have longer needles than the Kotobuki.
  • The Parson’s Junipers have some really nice movement and look very healthy.

As I’m new to the forum, I can only post one photo. This is one of the 5’ Kotobuki Pines. I couldn’t get a good photo of the taller trees in the back.

If it’s helpful, I live in Knoxville, Tennessee. Summers are quite hot and humid, winters are mild for the most part. Thanks in advance.


I’ve been working on two parsons junipers for about 3 years now. both have matured nicely.

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I once heard Ryan say that you don’t trunk chop a pine. Look at the bark on the trunk. If if looks thick then it may not back bud after the chop.

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Sounds like you have pines with some nice size trunks!
Put the pines in the ground, in root bags, and let them grow for a season.
When the tree is healthy with vigor, you can cut the main trunk above the branch where you get the best movement with a new leader, then let it grow some more.
Take a listen to the Asymmetry Telperion Podcast. Full of info. Telperion Farms is where Ryan acquires most of his field grown stock.:+1:t2::evergreen_tree::metal:t2:


The idea behind chopping a trunk is to make a new leader which gives movement to the trunk. You repeat the process over time to give multiple changes in direction to the trunk.


Oops, I should have provided more context. I meant in terms of chopping a tall pine in hopes of getting new branches to occur lower on the trunk. That’s a cool picture.