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Silver Whispers Swiss Stone Pine

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Silver Whispers Swiss Stone Pine (Pinus cembra ‘Silver Whispers’)A near perfect hardy evergreen for spatially challenged landscapes; exceptional form is densely packed with white striped dark green needles that produce a silvery effect; further accented with long violet blue cones

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
12 feet
Average Landscape Width:
6 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Pinus
Species:
cembra
Cultivar:
Silver Whispers
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
average
Plant Form:
columnar
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
only prune new growth
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Arolla Pine
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Evergreen:
1
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Silver Whispers Swiss Stone Pine is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its rigidly columnar form. It has attractive dark green foliage with white stripes. The needles are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The plum purple fruits are held in cones in mid spring.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Whispers Swiss Stone Pine is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Silver Whispers Swiss Stone Pine will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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