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

Pinus strobus 'Mini Twists' is a compact, globose to broadly pyramidal dwarf selection 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.

Pinus strobus 'Mini Twists' at Glacier's End Arboretum, Olympia, Washington. 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


Kelsey Hackney

I planted one of these about four months ago in Western Washington zone 7b/8a. I noticed some browning a couple weeks ago and now it’s spreading over the whole plant. It’s near a road, but just a neighborhood one. Any ideas? A Pinus parviflora next to it is fine…