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Vanderwolf’s Pyramid Pine

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A newer popular evergreen tree with a dense, compact pyramidal form; features interestingly twisted blue-green needles on very flexible branches, quite durable, an excellent choice for smaller landscapes; notable winter hardiness, also a good choice for urban conditions; rapid growing, its striking blue hue will stand out in any setting

Characteristics

Species:
flexilis
Average Landscape Height:
35 feet
Average Landscape Width:
15 feet
Genus:
Pinus
Cultivar:
Vanderwolf's Pyramidal
Branching:
excurrent
Evergreen:
1
Canopy:
low
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
only prune new growth
Summer Foliage Color:
steel blue
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
average
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Vanderwolf's Pyramid Pine is primarily valued in the landscape for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has attractive bluish-green evergreen foliage. The needles are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. The shaggy gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Vanderwolf's Pyramid Pine is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Vanderwolf's Pyramid Pine will grow to be about 35 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. 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 somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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