Pinus banksiana'Potters' is a dwarf selection of Jack pine with a globose growth structure, uniform branching with a slight twist and shiny, short bright-green needles that also have a slight twist to them. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will stand 12 to 18 inches (30 - 45 cm) tall and wide, an annual rate of growth of 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5 - 4 cm).
This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 2001 by Justin "Chub" Harper (1928 - 2009) of Moline, Illinois at Potters farm, Fulton, Illinois. He described the original broom as, "medium size and height, not unusual."
Pinus banksiana 'Potters' — a picture taken during the 2000 ACS tour of the Harper Collection in Michigan.
Photo by Ken Church
Pinus banksiana 'Potters' in the Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan.
Photo by Dax Herbst