Pinus sylvestris 'Moseri' / Moser's Scots pine

Pinus sylvestris 'Moseri' is a dwarf, broadly conical selection of Scots pine. Its dense foliage consists of long needles in its first flush of growth while its second flush is short needled. Spring and summer needle color is rich, shiny green, which later turns bright-yellow, particularly in winter. It's a real beauty in the large garden or landscape. In essence, this is a winter-gold version of 'Globosa Viridis'. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4 feet (1.3 m) tall and 3 feet (1 m) wide, a rate of growth of 3 to 5 inches (7.5 - 12 cm) per year.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1900 by Moser Nursery, Versailles France. It is listed by many as a cultivar of Pinus nigra. Until DNA analysis can prove otherwise, the ACS will maintain this plant as a Pinus sylvestris selection.

Pinus sylvestris 'Moseri' at The Gotelli Collection at The U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, DC; photo from May 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Pinus sylvestris 'Moseri' at the Mission Oaks Garden, Zanesville, Ohio. Photo taken during the ACS National Conference, June 2016.
Photo by William Dunagin
Pinus sylvestris 'Moseri,' photo copyright of The Wildlife & Conifer Garden Donated by Don and Nonda Surrat, Ohio, USA.
Photo by Nonda Surrat