Pinus contorta 'Willow Creek' / Willow Creek Lodgepole pine
Pinus contortasubsp. latifolia'Willow Creek' is a dwarf form of Lodgepole Pine, distinctive through it's tight structure, pyramidal shape and rich green needles. Typical rate of growth most areas is 4 - 5 inches (10 - 12.5 cm) a year, creating a small tree 7 feet tall by 4 feet (2 x 1.2 m) wide after ten years.
Jerry Morris of Ft. Collins, Colorado found the original witch's broom from which this cultivar came about on Willow Creek Pass, north of Granby, in the Routt National Forest of the Colorado Rocky mountains in the late 1990s. The original broom was 5 feet (1.5 m) wide, but very tall. He provisionally named it, '#6' for the sixth Pinus contorta witch's broom he selected.
This plant will thrive in full sun and well drained soil and will make a fine specimen for a mixed dwarf conifer border.
Pinus contorta 'Willow Creek' at the ACS Reference Garden, Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR.
Photo by David Olszyk