Pinus strobus 'Contorta' / contorted eastern white pine

Pinus strobus 'Contorta' is a upright, pyramidal, tree form of eastern white pine with a twisted trunk; contorted branching; an irregular growth habit; and twisted, fluffy, light green needles. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 15 feet (4.5 m) tall and 6 feet (2 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 18 inches (45 cm).

A very similar cultivar is P. strobus 'Torulosa' is less twisted in the trunk and branches, but bears the same twisted needles.

This cultivar originated as a unique named tree known since the 1930s in Seneca Park, Rochester, New York, USA. Arthur Slavin is credited with naming and initially describing it.

Pinus strobus 'Contorta' Photo taken August 24, 2013 in Fay Highland Arboretum Orono, Maine
Photo by Don Levesque
Pinus strobus 'Contorta' a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Don Levesque
Pinus strobus 'Contorta' — a 1989 accession at the New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, NY (USDA Hardiness Zone 7a), photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss
Pinus strobus 'Contorta' — a seed cone.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss
Pinus strobus 'Contorta' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss

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