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PINUS flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid'

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Family

Pinaceae

Botanical Name

PINUS flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid'

Plant Common Name

Limber Pine, Vanderwolf's Pyramid Pine

General Description

A slow-growing, compact selection of limber pine, ‘Vanderwolf’s Pyramid’ is an excellent evergreen conifer for dry, temperate climates. The parent species is named for its extremely flexible limbs, some so limber they can be tied into a knot. It is native to mountains throughout the western U.S, from Canada to Mexico. Such a large range explains the tolerance of ‘Vanderwolf’s Pyramid’ for varied conditions such as open space, parks, urban sites, dry, rocky places, and high elevations. An upright, pyramidal tree, it has twisted, green to blue-green needles in dense bundles of five.Like all limber pines, ‘Vanderwolf’s Pyramid’ bears curved, longish cones with small nuts that attract wildlife. It is asymmetrical, with branches irregularly spaced on the trunk to ground level. This relaxed character offers a fresh look for mountain home sites. It can also be planted as a loose screen for privacy without blocking light and air flow.

Grow ‘Vanderwolf’s Pyramid’ in average, medium-moisture, well-drained soil and full sun. It does poorly in hot, humid climates. Where conditions permit, it grows a large taproot, making it difficult to transplant once established. This species is vulnerable to white pine blister rust, a fungus disease accidentally imported from Europe that is damaging wild populations.

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

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Width

    10'-20' / 3.0m - 6.1m

  • Native To

    Western United States, Canada, Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Silver

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • 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

    Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No