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Pinus strobus ‘Torulosa’

Eastern White Pine 'Torulosa',

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Features

  • Height2m to 10m
  • Spread3m
  • Speed of GrowthSlow
  • Growth HabitPyramidal
  • Leaf ColourBlue-green

Description

Pinus strobus ‘Torulosa’ (Eastern White Pine 'Torulosa',). This is a striking upright, narrowly pyramidal, evergreen, coniferous tree with very twisted, long needles which are blue-green on the top and two white bands on the underside. Female cones are cylindrical, tapered and green, ripening to brown.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Needled evergreen, Tree

Other common names

Twisted White Pine

Origin

USA

Interest and use

A really sculptural tree grown for its form, as well as for year-round foliage interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -39°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They will grow in a wide range of conditions, are wind resistant and will thrive on soils of moderate to low fertility which are well drained. If the conifer produces more than one leader, to maintain the general conical habit, remove all but one leader. To restrict the height of the plant, the leader can be cut back.

Propagation

Seed sown in autumn or spring (but forms selected for leaf colour do not come true). Evergreen current growth cuttings in autumn to spring. Deciduous softwood cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Honey fungus may be a problem; young plants are more susceptible. Conifer spinning mite may cause defoliation.

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