Pinus strobus 'Mini Twists' / Mini Twists eastern white pine

Pinus strobus 'Mini Twists' is a compact, globose to pyramidal dwarf form of Eastern white pine. Needles are light bluish-green, soft and twisted about the stem. Branching and stem structure is species-typical but much slower, only growing 2 to 4 inches (5 - 10 cm) annually, resulting in a nice 5 foot (1.5 m) tall tree after 10 years. Its tidy, uniform growth and unique foliage makes 'Mini Twists' an excellent focal point in the conifer garden.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected around 2005 by Greg Williams of Wolcott, Vermont, USA. The seed parent was Pinus strobus 'Horsham,' which was planted in the vicinity of a large Pinus strobus 'Torulosa,' the apparent pollen parent. Bob Fincham of Coenosium gardens named and introduced the plant to the nursery trade.

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Pinus strobus 'Mini Twists' at Glacier's End Arboretum, Olympia, WA. This 7-year-old specimen was approximately 4 feet tall by 3 feet wide when this photo was taken in 2013.
Photo by David Olszyk

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