Pinus strobus 'Nana' / dwarf eastern white pine

Pinus strobus 'Nana' is a dwarf, globose selection of eastern white pine that will eventually become broadly conical with age. Branching is symmetrical, radiating upward and outward; and needles are fluffy, blue-green in color, and somewhat shorter than what's typically seen in the species. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

'Nana' translates into dwarf fro the Latin language.

This cultivar was first described by Élie-Abel Carrière in Traite General des Coniferes. In 1891, Ludwig Beissner, in Handbuch der Nadelhölzkunde, said that 'Nana' is synonymous with Pinus strobus var. brevifolia and var. compressa. The World Checklist of Conifers (Humphrey Welch, 1993) states that the cultivar name 'Nana' is a botanical designation for several slow-growing clones that never exceed 10 feet (3 m) tall. It goes on to describe "a name in use for several clones of the past." For this reason, 'Nana' should no long be considered as a legitimate cultivar name.

Pinus strobus 'Nana' — a 1932 accession at the Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7A); photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss
Pinus strobus 'Nana' in the Gotelli Collection at The US National Arboretum, Washington, D.C.' photo from 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Pinus strobus 'Nana' in the Harper Collection, Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan; photo from 2000 taken during an ACS conference.
Photo by Ken Church

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