Pinus banksiana 'Martin Novák' / Martin Novák jack pine

Pinus banksiana 'Martin Novák' is an exceptional, slow-growing, upright dwarf tree-form of jack pine with rich dark-green foliage that is significantly shorter than that typically seen in this species. Its overall form can be described as irregular globose and can convey a sense of great age and torture to the viewer. Typical rate of growth in most areas is 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm) per year resulting in a mature plant standing 2 feet (60 cm) tall and wide after 10 years of growth.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 2009 in the Czech Republic by broom hunter, Martin Novák who obviously named it for himself.

Pinus banksiana 'Martin Novák' in a private garden in Europe.
Photo by Clement Anthoine
Pinus banksiana 'Martin Novák' — a picture of the original broom.
Photo by Zsolt Mesterházy & Mrioslav Malík, courtesy of
Pinus banksiana 'Martin Novák' in a private garden in Washington state, USA; approximately 6 feet (180 cm) tall when photographed in 2020.
Photo by Ellen Smart
Pinus banksiana 'Martin Novák'a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Ellen Smart