Let’s hit the—what? What’s a gymnosperm? They are a group of plants that produce seeds not enclosed within an ovary or fruit. Examples include pines, spruces, firs, ginkgos, ephedras, yews and more.
Come to the garden to explore our conifer collection with more than 1,300 individual plants and over 210 species and varieties.
Utah Juniper (Juniperus osteosperma)
This lovely Utah native can be found in nearly every corner of the state. They are incredibly waterwise and underutilized in the home landscape.
Bluestem Jointfir (Ephedra equisetina)
Single Needle Piñon (Pinus monophylla)
Another fantastic Utah native, this pine species is the only species that produces one needle per bundle. All other pines produce needles in bundles of two, three or four.
Weeping Norway Spruce (Picea abies “Pendula”)
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica “Pendula”)
In early summer, the branches produce loads of cones that release their pollen into the air. Once their pollen is gone, the cones fall off.