Pinus strobus 'Densa' / compact eastern white pine

Pinus strobus 'Densa' is an irregular, upright, dwarf selection of eastern white pine with dense, clumpy branching and short, fluffy, blue-green needles. After 10 years, a mature specimen will measure 4 feet (1.3 m) tall and 2.5 feet (75 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm).

This is one of the oldest cultivars in the nursery trade, named and described 1896 by English botanist and taxonomist Maxwell Tylden Masters in the Hand-list of Coniferae, Cycadaceae & Gnetaceae grown in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and at the National Pinetum, Bedgebury, together with a section on the cultivation conifers.


Pinus strobus 'Densa' — a mature specimen in the Hermsen Arboretum, Farley, Iowa.
Photo by Dennis Hermsen