Advanced Search Filters

Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
Sunset Zone
Function
Sun Exposure
Soil Moisture
Water Requirement

PINUS sylvestris 'Hillside Creeper'

Image of Pinus sylvestris 'Hillside Creeper'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Pinaceae

Botanical Name

PINUS sylvestris 'Hillside Creeper'

Plant Common Name

Hillside Creeper Scots Pine, Scots Pine

General Description

This low dense spreading shrub is a prostrate cultivar of Scots pine, a medium to large evergreen tree from the upper latitudes of the Old World.

Like all Scots pines, 'Hillside Creeper' has stiff, slightly twisted blue green needles that occur in bundles of two. The needles turn yellow-green in winter. The densely needled, ground-hugging branches of this cultivar spread slowly to form a shaggy multi-layered mat of knee height or less.

Scots pines do best in full sun and well-drained, acidic to slightly alkaline soil. They thrive with cold winters and fare poorly in hot humid climates. This creeping cultivar is well suited for wall plantings, mixed borders, rock gardens, and bonsai.

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, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Native To

    Northern Europe, Russia/Siberia, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Yellow Green

  • Bark Color

    Orange, Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Platy

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No