Pinus strobiformis 'Loma Linda' / Loma Linda Piño Enamo pine

Pinus strobiformis 'Loma Linda' is a broadly pyramidal selection of Southwestern White pine with long, soft bluish-green needles and multiple buds which create a denser-than-normal growth habit. 'Loma Linda' will grow a bit over 7 inches (18 cm) per year, resulting in a fluffy small tree 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and half as wide after 10 years in the landscape.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found by Jerry Morris in New Mexico near La Junta canyon across from the Loma Linda ranch. The broom measured 6 feet (2 m) tall and wide and was 40 feet (12 m) high in the host tree. It's original provisional name was Pinus flexilis [#32], the species was later corrected and provisionally renamed Pinus strobiformis [#2].

Pinus strobiformis 'Loma Linda' at Denver Botanical Garden, Colorado.
Photo by David Olszyk
Pinus strobiformis 'Loma Linda' — a lush young specimen.
Photo by Alex Ruchelman


Alvin White

For Pinus strobiformis ‘Loma Linda’ your information indicates it is a zone 8 plant but the photo shown indicates the location is Denver, Colorado which is in zone 5a or 6b. Which is correct?

[Deleted User]

Hi Alvin ... we get our hardiness data from this book:

P. Bannister and G. Neuner; Frost resistance and the distribution of conifers in F.J. Bigras and S.J. Colombo (editors); Conifer Cold Hardiness, pp 3-22. ©2001, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers Dordrect, Germany.

... but as they always say, individual results may vary. Someday, DNA analysis may prove that 'Loma Linda' is actually a flexilis.

Александр Блыщик

Hi David. Is there any reason to suspect that Pinus strobiformis ‘Loma Linda’ is flexilis?

David Shohet

I have a Loma Linda in my garden and can confirm it grows in Zone 5. I am at about 7,000 on the border of the southwest desert, which I think helps with this species.

It is possible that this is flexilis. The area where this was taken from has both flexilis and strobiformis. In looking at the needles and bark it looks more like strobiformis to me, but I would not be surprised if this is flexilis