Pinus strobus 'Vercurve' / Vercurve eastern white pine

Pinus strobus 'Vercurve' is a broadly pyramidal, dwarf selection of eastern white pine with interesting, twisted blue-green needles. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 4 feet (1 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm).

'Vercurve' was one of three seedling selections made in the mid 2000s by Vermont's Greg Williams, the other two being 'Mini Twists' (the slowest growing of the three), and 'Tiny Kurls' (the second fastest). All were raised from seed sourced from his specimen of Pinus strobus ‘Horsham,’ which was planted in the vicinity of a large Pinus strobus ‘Torulosa,’ the apparent pollen parent. Talon Buchholz named the plant and introduced it through his Buchholz & Buchholz nursery in Gaston, Oregon. The cultivar name is a combination of Vermont and curved needles.

Pinus strobus 'Vercurve' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Sam Pratt



The Pinus strobus 'Vercurve' / Vercurve Eastern white pine is a very nice selection. Can this dwarf pine be pruned when need be? Prune at a junction point? How many hours of sun does it need?