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Question about Pinus r. 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid' (4 Replies)

Posted March 4, 2014 at 8:03 pm

I have one that is about 8′ tall and quite narrow. However, I thought that the term ‘pyramid’ referred to its eventual wide habit. I see it in the RHS Encyclopedia listed as narrowly conical and somewhat slow-growing. This doesn’t jive with the enormous specimens that I have seen in the ground in Oregon or the huge boxed trees at a local wholesale nursery. Has anyone had experience with this cultivar? I’ve got it where it can spread a little, but I”m wondering if I should move it while it’s still possible. Thx!

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Posted March 4, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Hi Sarah, of course I always have an opinion about nearly everything. My opinion about Vanderwolf’s Pyramid is that it will very quickly become a very open, sparse, ugly dog of a tree unless it is methodically candle pruned an a yearly basis. That’s the only way to keep it “slow growing.” If let to its own devices, those candles will extend a foot or more in a season. I’ve never had one, but if I did, I wouldn’t hesitate to move it — to a burn pile somewhere. LOL

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Posted March 5, 2014 at 11:39 am

Ha! I have to say that it was quite attractive when I bought it – in a #10 or so, quite tight and nice bristly needles. But now 4 years later it has that open, sparse look that you mention. I have it at the back of the garden and I’m using it for blocking the view of a neighbor’s house, but now I’m thinking that I have to move it further back. Maybe as far as Nevada?

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Posted December 31, 2014 at 9:29 am

I love my VP’s…..they can get to 40 feet, but mine won’t because I’m a pruning freak!! and I like to reduce candles as well, one of the candles I pruned must have been at the right spot because the plume it made is so nice……

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Posted December 31, 2014 at 10:42 am

Hey deadbeat (what’s your name, btw – we can’t call you deadbeat!) do you have a large garden? I love to prune but no way could I keep up with the VP so I moved it. Not to a burn pile as Dave suggested but to a spot where it is off in the background. I do like the color of the needles. Do you regularly candle-prune all of your pines? Right now I’m only doing it on a ‘Thunderhead’ and a corticosa where I’m trying for a more ‘artistic’ look.

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