Could have put this in the CA forum, but the question is more general to propagating a conifer.
Earlier this summer, I found what appears to be a weeping Sitka Spruce in the Northern California Redwood National and State Park. The tree is the only one I'm aware of in all the redwoods. Never seen one in a nursery. Its also growing where there is some vulnerability. I submitted a collection permit application to take cuttings.
If they parks gives the OK, it will be out of the ordinary, because propagation is generally a bad reason. Difference here, I want to preserve the characteristics even if it means giving any plants back to the redwood parks or an arboretum.
It's been years and years since I last did propagation.
If any of you understand conifer propagation, when would be the best time? Are any months virtually impossible with the use of a greenhouse?
What size stem cuts would you work with? Cuttings? Or graft? I could scrounge up some small Sitka 'Spruce from the Oregon coast, but it seems if cutting could root, the overall result would be more genuinely the same.