Pinus banksiana 'Schoodic' / Schoodic Jack pine

Pinus banksiana 'Schoodic' is a very choice and desirable selection of Jack pine with a gnarled, sprawling, ground-covering growth habit and medium-green needles that have a slight curve around each twisted branch. It is a prolific cone producer with viable seeds that will often will result in more variation. This plant appears to grow at extremely variable rates from dwarf through large, depending where in the country it's growing.

This cultivar originated as a seedling grown from seed collected on the Schoodic Peninsula near Gouldsboro, Maine by renowned plantsman, Al Fordham who, at the time, was lead propagator at Boston Massachusetts' Arnold Arboretum. The seedling was selected and named in 1979 and can still be found at the Arnold Arboretum.


Photo by Ken Church
Pinus banksiana 'Schoodic,' here being grown as ground cover at the foot of a Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Crippsii' in Brunswick, ME, 2013.
Photo by Sean Callahan
Pinus banksiana 'Schoodic' — a 10-year-old specimen at Glacier's End arboretum, Olympia, Washington.
Photo by David Olszyk
Pinus banksiana 'Schoodic' — closeup of a branch featuring lots of serotinous seed cones.
Photo by David Olszyk