Pinus strobus 'Louie' / Louie White pine|Louie White pine

Pinus strobus 'Louie' is a moderately fast growing, upright, tree form of Eastern white pine with species typical branching and soft, fine, attractive golden foliage that provides excellent color throughout the year. Once established, needles will not scorch in full sun, a situation which also creates the best color in the landscape.

After 10 years or growth, a mature specimen will measure 7.5 feet (2.5 m) tall and 4.5 feet (1.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 8 to 10 inches (20 - 25 cm). In order to keep plants tight and compact, they must be candle-pruned each spring and aesthetically pruned throughout the season. Left to it's natural habit, older plants will become very large and open, just slightly smaller than the typical species.

This cultivar originated as a seedling found growing in Hyde Park, Vermont in the early 1990s by Greg Williams of Wolcott, Vermont, USA and introduced to the nursery trade in 1993 by Kate Brook Nursery. Many consider 'Louie' to be among the best of the golden white pines and should be included in any landscape that has the space for it.

Pinus strobus 'Louie' at the Jean Iseli Memorial garden, Boring, Oregon. This plant is meticulously sheared and maintained.
Photo by Patrick Breen, Oregon State University
Pinus strobus 'Louie' — a young plant more typical of what one will see in a home garden.
Photo by Sam Pratt, Conifer Kingdom Nursery, Inc.
Pinus strobus 'Louie' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Sam Pratt, Conifer Kingdom Nursery, Inc.


Dan Atkinson

Will the Pinus strobus 'Louie' grow and thrive in zone 6 Lexington, KY? I have a spot that is partial shade at times depending on the season and position of the sun.