Pinus heldreichii 'Mint Truffle' / Mint Truffle Bosnian pine

Pinus heldreichii 'Mint Truffle' is a dwarf, broadly upright selection of Bosnian pine with incurved branching and an ovate- or pear-shaped outline. Needles measure (3 to 3.5 inches (75 - 90 mm) long, borne all along the shoots, creating a densely clothed appearance. Iseli nursery describes the overall visual effect as that of a "broad teardrop" rather than a "large gourmet mint truffle." After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and 4 feet (1.2 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1990s at Iseli Nursery Inc. Boring, Oregon, USA.

Pinus heldreichii 'Mint Truffle' at the front entrance to the visitors' center at The U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C., May 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst