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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean


Picea mariana
Tsuga canadensis
Abies pinsapo var. macroccana gallery image
Dacrydium cupressinum gallery image
Abies fabri gallery image
Picea chihuahana gallery image
Pinus lumhotzii gallery image
Pinus torreyana gallery image
Widdringtonia nodiflora gallery image
Pinus densiflora
Dwarf conifers add texture to the Perennial Garden gallery image

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The conifers are a group of about 588 species of trees and shrubs that include many of the best-known plants in the world. All conifers bear seeds inside cones, woody protective structures. There are seven families of conifers. The largest is the Pine family (232 species), which includes such familiar trees as pine, spruce, fir, and larch.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens' Conifer Collection contains nearly 200 different varieties, including dwarf, intermediate, and large specimens. Of these, 66 are species (not cultivars). Thirty-seven of those species are on the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Red List of threatened species and are classified as our Rare Conifer Collection.

Our collection also includes California natives and rare exotics from New Zealand, Tasmania, Brazil, Morocco, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Taiwan, South Africa, and other locations. These serve as backdrop and windbreak for our cultivated gardens, in addition to structure and winter interest in our Perennial Garden when herbaceous plants are dormant.

Our conifers offer beautiful variety in their textures, and include weeping forms, vibrant gold foliage in winter, and some with blue cones.