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PINUS flexilis 'Glauca Pendula'

Image of Pinus flexilis 'Glauca Pendula'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Pinaceae

Botanical Name

PINUS flexilis 'Glauca Pendula'

Plant Common Name

Limber Pine

General Description

Rapidly forming a low dense irregular mass of sprawling branches, this prostrate evergreen is one of numerous selections of limber pine, a hardy small to medium-sized tree from mountains of western North America.

The long, supple, bluish-green needles of this pine are held in bundles of five toward the tips of long lax branches. The needles have conspicuous white lines on their upper surface. In spring, plants may produce tiny male cones and large female cones near the branch tips. The yellowish brown female cones mature in 2 years, dropping soon after they shed their seed.

Rather sparse and gaunt when young, this cultivar soon forms a dense wide-spreading network of winding, flowing branches. It is sometimes grown as a grafted weeping tree.

This tough, handsome pine favors full sun and well-drained soil. It fares poorly in hot climates. Its striking sprawling habit suits it as a specimen plant or novel ground cover. Like many other five-needle pines, limber pine is vulnerable to white pine blister rust, a fungal disease accidentally introduced from Europe.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    1'-3' / 0.3m - 0.9m

  • Width

    8'-15' / 2.4m - 4.6m

  • Native To

    Western United States, Canada, Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No