Pinus sylvestris 'Troll' / Troll Scots pine

Pinus sylvestris 'Troll' is an ultra-dense, miniature selection of Scots pine with fine, light-green needles and numerous reddish buds. Typical rate of growth in less than 1 inch (2.5 cm) annually. After 10 years, with proper care, one can expect a dense, 10 inch (25 cm) cushion of needles. As is true with many pine cultivars such as this, it is absolutely necessary to clean out old needles and debris on a yearly basis in order to maintain good air circulation and issues with fungal diseases.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found by Günther Horstmann in Skjåk, Norway and introduced to the nursery trade by the Uwe Horstmann nursery in 2003.

Pinus sylvestris 'Troll' at the jean Iseli Memorial Garden, Boring, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk

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