Pinus heldreichii 'Pirin no. 3' / Pirin no. 3 Bosnian pine

Pinus heldreichii 'Pirin no. 3' is a dwarf, flattened-globose selection of Bosnian pine with glossy, dark-green needles and nice, tight symmetrical growth habit. Typical rate of growth in most areas is 1 to 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm) yearly, resulting in handsome formal globe 18 inches (45 cm) tall and slightly wider after 10 years.

This cultivar originated as one of four witch's brooms collected in the late 1990s by Vítek Fritsche of Czech Republic in Bulgaria's Pirin National Park.

Pinus heldreichii 'Pirin no. 3' growing in northwestern Pennsylvania. Needles about 1 inch in length. It grows about 1 inch per year, and looks as though it will make a tight globe shape.
Photo by William Dunagin