Pinus strobus 'Niagara Falls' / Niagara Falls white pine

Pinus strobus 'Niagara Falls' is a spreading, semi-pendulous selection of eastern white pine with typical long, soft, blue-green needles and abundant secondary buds which flush out to create an exceptionally lush structure. The plant must be staked to it ultimate desired height, from where all future growth will extend outward and downward. Rate of growth at the terminals is 4 to 6 inches (10 -15 cm) per year, creating an imposing effect in the garden over time.

[Iseli nursery, inc.] This handsome, cascading White Pine, chosen as American Conifer Society's 2009 Collector's Conifer of the Year, was found as a sport of 'Pendula' and demonstrates a distinct improvement over that familiar landscape tree. The compact, weeping form boasts many draping branches and long, two-tone needles. Every dense, wide specimen develops a unique character and flowing habit that mimics the action of a roaring Niagara Falls. Found by Mike and Ken Yeager of Hickory Hollow Nursery in New York in 1998 while working on a landscape job, this is a distinctive specimen for the discerning client.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom in a specimen of P. strobus 'Pendula' found in 1998 by Mike and Ken Yeager of Hickory Hollow Nursery, New York while on a landscaping job. It was one of two plants selected in 2009 for the ACS Collectors Conifer of the Year program.

Pinus strobus 'Niagara Falls' at the Jean Iseli Memorial Garden, Boring, Oregon.
Photo by Iseli Nursery, Inc.


Donald Henry

I purchased Niagara Falls from a Nursery friend, who got it from NVK Nurseries in Ontario, Canada. Purchased in May, 2021. Planted in a 1/4 sand, 3/4 Harriston Clay loam, Ph 7.8 our whole area. In a raised bed as I plan doing a dry River Run using Niagara Falls as showcase. Perfect on July 4/21. Pics. Started showing browning about a week ago on one side. Today, July 12/22, I pulled off much dead leaves, and cut out a few dead branches. Thought it might be ants. Sprayed ground with ant killer. At wits end. I owned and operated a Nursery Garden Center for many years so am familiar with most plant problems, and how to solve. Appreciate any and all help! I could send pics if that would help.

Thank you. Don Henry,
Brussels Ontario Canada

Maxwell Cohn

probably transplant shock ... late spring is the absolute worst time to plant a tree. I recommend trying again when daytime temps are in the 50s (F) and nights get down into the 30s (F).

Donald Henry

Mid May was so damn cold in Ontario that we near froze. so I’d try another option. All my plants get well watered. I know white pine does not like wet feet but no way with this situation. It’s on high ground in sand loam soil. l’m thinking some kind of insect. Still leaning to ants but for sure not lifting plant to check! I’ve sprayed insecticidal soap and a pyrethrum insecticide. Thanks.


Peyton Walton

Do Eastern White Pines like an alkaline pH?

Peter Strobili

no, not really. The soil in their natural environment is pretty acid to neutral.

Ronald Schlak

More like they will tolerate it than like it .
Neutral to slightly a