Reopening

We are pleased to announce the reopening of the Arboretum de Versailles-Chèvreloup on monday March the 1st.

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La collection de cultivars de conifères nains © MNHN - S. Gerbault

Dwarf conifers

This collection of ornamental conifers is worth visiting any time of year.

While meandering across the lawn between the beautiful miniature trees, you will notice the strange or delicate foliage of juniper trees, fir trees, spruces, pines, cedars...more than 80 varieties can be found in just a 4,000-m² area!

La collection de cultivars de conifères nains © MNHN - S. Gerbault
La collection de cultivars de conifères nains © MNHN - S. Gerbault

Conifers of all shapes and sizes, from weeping to twisted, spherical to columnar, are found here, with a whole range of shades: green, blue and even yellow. This collection is particularly beautiful in spring when the conifers display their young tender shoots in bright or pastel colours, contrasting with the darker foliage of the previous year.
 
Don't be fooled by their small size, most of these conifers were planted here more than 30 years ago. They often grow very slowly, with some of them not growing more than a few centimetres per year. These are horticultural varieties resulting from mutations preserved and multiplied by gardeners by way of grafting.
 
Their appearance sometimes differs so much from that of the wild species that they originate from, that it is not obvious that they are related.

 

La collection de cultivars de conifères nains © MNHN - S. Gerbault