Pinus strobus 'Green Twist' / Eastern White Pine

Pinus strobus 'Green Twist' is a dwarf, globose selection of eastern white pine with tight branching and fluffy, twisted needles. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 20 inches (50 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of around 2 inches (5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 1997 on a specimen of Pinus strobus 'Contorta' in Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton Iowa. Bickelhaupt Arboretum Horticulturist, Dave Horst is credited with the find. Of all of the dwarf 'Torulosa' - type pines, 'Green Twist' is one of the smallest, readily available selections.

Pinus strobus 'Green Twist' — a healthy mature specimen in the Flora Wonder Arboretum at Buchholz Nursery, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk
Pinus strobus 'Green Twist' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk
Pinus strobus 'Green Twist' in the Heartland Collection of Garden Conifers at Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa, late October, 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst

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