Pinus banksianaBanská Štiavnica is a bushy, slow-growing selection of Jack pine with slightly twisted, medium green foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will stand 2.5 feet (0.8 m) tall and 4 feet (1.3 m) wide in the form of an irregular pyramid. This suggests an annual rate of growth of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm) more outward than upward.
This cultivar originated at Arboretum Banská Štiavnica in Slovakia and named for its place of origin. At this time, the originator and the nature of the original plant (seedling, broom, other) is unknown. Occasionally this plant is seen listed as 'ABS' or as 'ABŠ' which is an abbreviation for Arboretum Banská Štiavnica and in some parts of Europe, the name, 'Kysihýbl' is also seen as a cultivar name.
Pinus banksiana 'Banská Štiavnica' at the Smits Pinetum, Volkel, The Netherlands.
Photo by Edwin Smits