Pinus contorta 'Willow Creek' / Willow Creek lodgepole pine

Pinus contorta subsp. latifolia 'Willow Creek' #6 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 to 5 inches (10 - 12.5 cm) a year, resulting in a small tree 7 feet (2 m) tall by 4 feet (1.2 m) wide after ten years.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the late 1990s by Jerry Morris of Lakewood, Colorado. He found the original mutation in a wild tree on Willow Creek Pass, north of Granby, in the Routt National Forest of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The broom was 5 feet (1.5 m) wide, but very tall. He provisionally named it, '#6' as it was the 6th Pinus contorta witch's broom he selected and named.

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' growing in the ACS Reference Garden, Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR.
Photo by David Olszyk