PlantsPinus→Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus 'Vercurve')

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: Dwarf growth rate of 4 to 6 inches per year. 5 feet high after 10 years.
Plant Spread: 4 feet wide after 10 years. Rounded or broadly pyramidal shape.
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Twisted and curled or curved blue-green needles
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

A young specimen (planted 2015 at an unspecified age), approx. 3

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Posted by arctangent (Ann Arbor, Michigan - Zone 6a) on Nov 13, 2020 8:04 AM

The American Conifer Society provides some history of this cultivar: It originated as a seedling selection by Greg Williams. The seed source was a specimen of Pinus strobus 'Horsham', with the presumed pollen source a neighboring specimen of Pinus strobus 'Torulosa'. It was selected for its unusual curved and twisted needles. Two other seedlings with similar needle shape but different growth rates were also selected, resulting in the cultivars Pinus strobus 'Mini Twists' and Pinus strobus 'Tiny Kurls'. The seedlings were grown in Vermont, and the name 'Vercurve' reflects that heritage, along with the curved nature of the needles.

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