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Miniature or dwarf forms work well where space is limited, and these slow growers—they do continue to grow beyond dwarf size—often vary in form from the full-size varieties of the species, creating striking shapes.
Left: Snake branch spruce’s (Picea abies ‘Virgata’) draping branches have a dramatic appearance.
Right: Spiral plum yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonii ‘Fastigiata’), right, is shade-tolerant.