Pinus strobus 'Coney Island' / Coney Island White pine
Pinus strobus 'Coney Island' is a dense, rounded shrubby selection of Eastern White pine. For a small plant it has long needles and produces a profusion of seed cones in profusion from a young age. Annual rate growth is typically around 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm) in all directions, resulting in a mature specimen 3 feet (1 m) tall and wide after 10 years of growth in the landscape.
Sidney Waxman of University of Connecticut, Storrs campus discovered and introduced 'Coney Island' in the late 1980s. The original genetic material was a witch's broom found in a White pine in Woodstock, Connecticut.
[Notes from an anonymous collector] While I live in zone 3 I have rarely seen a Pinus strobus of any form grow here without winter protection. The species suffers badly from needle winter burn. Most can survive here but become poor looking plants due to the constant winter burn problem. Dwarf mounding cultivars like 'Coney Island' can do quite well in zone 3 if they are simply covered with an old plant pot or appropriately wrapped for the winter.'Coney Island' is a fine old cultivar that would be at home in an esoteric collection of dwarf conifers.
[Iseli Nursery description] A dwarf form of eastern white pine selected for its dense, rounded and shrubby form. Blue-green needles are relatively long, and numerous female cones are produced on very young plants.