Pinus strobus 'Angel Falls' / Angel Falls eastern white pine

Pinus strobus 'Angel Falls' is a striking newer selection of Eastern white pine. 'Angel Falls' is a weeping white pine that is purported to be slower growing and with denser branching than the similar, Pinus strobus 'Pendula'. If left unstaked, specimens will grow into a dense upright mound. Most often these are presented as strictly upright weepers. Lateral branches will cascade abruptly downward from the trunk. The lead shoot will finally knuckle over from the highest point of the stake. Regardless of how individual plants are cultivated, terminal shoots will advance at a yearly rate of 8 to 16 inches (20 - 40 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1981 by Iseli Nursery, Boring, Oregon, USA. They describe it as follows way in their online catalog, "this seedling selection from Pinus strobus 'Pendula' (Weeping white pine) demonstrated its refined characteristics early in the evaluation process at Iseli Nursery. Started from seed in 1981, the slow-growing tree has very long, very narrow, light green needles and a strong weeping habit. Its closely held branches develop graceful draping forms that combine a tall, narrow stature with a broad, flowing skirt. Named for the world's tallest waterfall after 20 years of evaluation, the unique tree offers elegance and style."

Pinus strobus 'Angel Falls' in a private garden in Kansas, October 2006.
Photo by David Stegmaier