Pinus flexilis 'Lil' Wolf' / Lil' Wolf limber pine
Pinus flexilis 'Lil' Wolf' is a dwarf globose selection of limber pine that gradually becomes squatly conical with age. Branching is very tight to sometimes congested and needles are long, fluffy and blue-green in color. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (90 cm) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of around 3 inches (7.5 cm).
'Lil' Wolf' and many dwarf limber pines are notoriously difficult to establish and maintain in most climates. It dense branching and foliage make it very susceptible to fungal issues. Best luck for success is with those who live in a semi-arid steppe climate and able to plant this conifer in extremely well-drained soil.
This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found on a specimen of P. flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid' at Bizon Nursery, Hubbard, Oregon. The name is a play on the name of the parent cultivar.
[ Bizon Nursery ] What do you call the little brother of a 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid'? 'Lil' Wolf'! Discovered at our nursery as a witches broom, 'Lil' Wolf' has a compact, dense habit.
Pinus flexilis 'Lil' Wolf' — a mature specimen growing in a nursery production field at the originating nursery.
Photo by Bizon Nursery Inc.
Pinus flexilis 'Lil' Wolf' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Sam Pratt, Courtesy of Conifer Kingdom, Inc.
Pinus flexilis 'Lil' Wolf' — a young specimen indicative of a specimen that one can typically find in the nursery trade.
Photo by Sam Pratt, courtesy of Conifer Kingdom, Inc.