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Digging Dog Nursery
a retail and mail order
plant nursery specializing in
unusual and hard to find
perennials, ornamental grasses,
shrubs, trees, and vines.
31101 Middle Ridge Rd.
Albion, CA 95410
Mon. & Wed. 8:30–1
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Including Carpinus betulus, & Carpinus laxiflora
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The deciduous European Hornbeam, with its handsome, densely arranged foliage, is renowned for making hedges. Also known for the hardness of its fine grained wood, it’s used to manufacture the inner moving parts of pianos. Glistening, toothed and oval-shaped, the deep forest green leaves transmute to yellow in the fall against smooth gray bark inscribed by muscular, vertically aligned undulations. If clipping isn’t your forté, don’t worry because Carpinus naturally grows in a dense, pyramidal to rounded shape.
Aside from the classic elegance of the pleated foliage, Hornbeam also exhibits an overall hardiness, capable of withstanding wind, shearing, heavy pruning and clay soil. Try it as a hedge, windbreak, single specimen, or get wild and plant an allée, pleached or not. Deep Large Band. 10 feet in 10 years.
Size: 40'–60' high x 20'–30' wide; hardy to zone 5.
Carpinus betulus (T-0004)
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This stellar medium-sized Hornbeam promises to delight all year round. Hallmarking spring and summer, a winsome bevy of small, oval-shaped dark green serrated foliage sport prominent veins, soft yellow-green undersides and slender pointed tips. Long, pendent, bright green and red-tinged fruiting keys accompanied by cozy yellow and red foliage make attractive autumn features, while winter showcases pendulous branches and smooth pale patterned bark.
A rarely offered Japanese native introduced in 1914, the versatile Carpinus laxiflora can be grown as a landscape specimen or serves as an ideal bonsai candidate. 10' in 10 years. Large Band.
Size: 30' high x 20'–25' wide; hardy to zone 6.
Carpinus laxiflora (T-0260)
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Garden Conservancy Open Day
10:00am to 4:00pm, June 8th at Digging Dog
Unique opportunity to view 3-1/2 acre Private Garden. Nursery open for plant sales
Saturday Stroll & Plant Chat
2:00 to 4:30pm, June 22nd
Join us for a fun, informative guided tour of our colorful display borders. Sip lemonade & take home great gardening ideas.
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“Surfing the web for a special plant, I chanced on Digging Dog Nursery. I thought that any nursery that could create an Egyptian Gothic out of Anubis must have some pretty cool things going for it. I was right, and my first order was a pleasure. Well packed, healthy plants and extremely appealing people on the other side of the screen.”
~Sam in Oregon
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