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The genus called Tuia garden hedge

There are several species included in the genus called Tuia, belonging to the Cupressaceae family, they are native to the Eurasian continent and North America. Evergreen conifers that are characterized by an erect appearance and a compact conical leaf crown. The leaves are reduced to flakes and are dark green or golden yellow, according to the different species, hybrid varieties and cultivars. The fruits are small pine cones with rounded, woody shapes, with an initial greenish color as they ripen they become dark brown. The specimens of Tuia hedge to be grown in the garden are used to create impenetrable covers up to several meters high, moreover there are dwarf varieties used to create small borders or to be grown in pots.

Cultivation techniques of the species of Tuia hedge

The genus of Tuia hedge garden plants do not require excessive cultivation attention and easily adapt to different environmental and climatic contexts. They do not suffer from freezing winter temperatures and are also grown in coastal areas but must not be directly exposed to salt. These plants can grow in partial shade but they develop better in a very sunny and bright position. They prefer fertile medium-textured soils that ensure proper drainage of watering such as a soil rich in humus, mixed with peat. Irrigation is not necessary in autumn and winter while it can be sporadic starting in spring, summer and during dry periods. A compost fertilization to be carried out periodically in autumn and spring,

Pruning of the Tuia plant

There are mainly two annual pruning operations to be carried out to keep the compact and elegant foliage of the Tuia garden hedge in order. The natural appearance of these plants can be conical or pyramidal and no drastic interventions are required to make them take and maintain an orderly and vigorous shape. The first pruning takes place just before the arrival of the spring season, mainly dry and damaged branches are eliminated; to thicken the foliage, frequent trimming can be carried out throughout the vegetative period. The second intervention is carried out shortly before the end of the summer season, preferably in the months of July and August. The excess ramifications are eliminated to keep the aesthetic and decorative aspect neat and well defined.

The different species and varieties of Tuia garden hedge

One of the most widespread species of the genus Tuia is the so-called Tuia occidentalis, native to the North American continent, it is a plant that can reach several meters in height. The foliage is scaly, green with yellow shades while the flowers are red or brown and yellow. A cultivar with an interesting appearance and used to make formal hedges is the Tuia Smaragd, the leaves are bright green and the habit is conical. The species known as Tuia plicata adapts perfectly to hilly and mountainous environments. The ramifications are aromatic and have flattened and flattened shapes while the foliage is small. The variety of Tuia plicata aurea is characterized by the intense golden color that the leaves take on.

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