Pinus heldreichii 'Wayne' / Wayne's Bosnian pine

Pinus heldreichii 'Wayne' is an ultra-dense, miniature selection of Bosnian pine with closely packed symmetrically radiating branching and long, tightly held, bright, kelly-green needles. In his FloraWonder Blog from January 18th, 2013, Talon Buccholz describes this conifer as being so tight that "moss and weeds sprout on its surface."

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 inches (25 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 1 inch (2.5 cm) or less. Given the plant's density, an annual "clean out" of dead needles and stems is critical to long-term success in the garden.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected from a field of seedlings by Wayne Staehely, formerly an employee at Buchholz nursery, now owner of Columbia Nursery, Canby, Oregon. At the time of writing, this conifer is not available anywhere in the nursery trade and is only being produced in limited numbers by Columbia and Buchholz nurseries. It is possible that 'Wayne' is a provisional name at this time, subject to change when and if it's released to the trade.

Pinus heldreichii 'Wayne' — one of the original propagations at the Flora Wonder Arboretum, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk