Pinus flexilis 'NiceIam' / Nice I am Limber Pine

Pinus flexilis 'NiceIam' is a dwarf globose selection of Limber pine with medium length silvery-green needles, 1.5 to 2 inches (3 - 5 cm) long held in bundles of five. The growth habit is uniform, symmetrical and fairly dense. Typical annual growth is 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm) per year, meaning that after 10 years in the garden, one can expect a nice green (perhaps somewhat flattened) ball, 3 feet (1 m) tall and wide.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found by Jerry Morris in 2003 in southern Utah's Red Canyon on the outskirts of Bryce Canyon National Park. The original broom was 30 inches (75 cm) wide, 8 feet (2.4 m) high in the tree. Jerry described it as a "good broom." He gave it the provisional name of Pinus flexilis [#83]. The unusual spelling of the cultivar name should be noted. The proper spelling is actually with a capital-I in the middle. It's the words, "Nice I am" all mashed together.

Pinus flexilis 'NiceIam' at Denver Botanical Garden, Colorado.
Photo by David Olszyk