CORVALLIS - Late fall or early winter is a good time to take stem cuttings of woody evergreen plants to start new ones.
Ambitious home gardeners might want to try to grow their own evergreen plants from cuttings, with the help of an Oregon State University Extension Service publication.
"Propagating Deciduous and Evergreen Shrubs, Trees and Vines with Stem Cuttings," (PNW 152) is a 10-page photo-illustrated guide with the "how tos" for growing plant cuttings into new plants. It explains how and when to cut plants, how to encourage cuttings to take root and what sorts of supplies a home gardener might need. The booklet also provides a list of the kinds of woody plants most successfully cut and propagated.
Yew, false cypress (Chamaecyparis), pine, arborvitae, fir, heath, heather, holly, juniper and mountain laurel are among those that can be rooted successfully from cuttings and turned into new plant starts for your yard.