Pinus sylvestris 'Trollguld'

Pinus sylvestris 'Trollguld' is an exceptional, compact, dwarf selection of Scots pine that retains golden foliage throughout the year, although brighter in the winter. As compared to Pinus sylvestris 'Aurea,' 'Trollguld' has finer, shorter needles. One can expect 10-year growth potential of about 3 feet by 3 feet (1m tall and wide). Older trees will establish a more upright, conical structure after many years if not sheared.

Brita and Carl-Erik Johansson selected the original plant from seedlings germinated from seed obtained from the original, wild-grown Pinus sylvestris 'Vargguld.' Sometimes this cultivar is seen misspelled as 'Troll Guld' in the nursery trade.

Attribution from: Derek Spicer and Aris Auders, RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers, ©2012 Kingsblue Press

A nicely maintained specimen of Pinus sylvestris 'Trollguld' which can be found at the Jean Iseli Memorial Garden, Iseli Nursery, Boring, OR. This picture was taken in 2012.
Photo by David Olszyk



Hello, would this cultivar be suitable to grow in a container in full sun?

Sara Malone

Matthew it depends on where you are, but generally speaking, yes. I am in Mediterranean USDA Zone 9b and it would likely burn in full sun here in a container (containers get hotter and colder than the surrounding soil). Make sure to keep it well-irrigated (although not sopping wet). Container must drain freely and you must use well-draining soil. I usually use cactus soil in my containers.


Thank you Sara, that is really useful. I'm on the south coast of England which equates to hardiness zone 9. I'll add lots of grit and drainage to the pot. We usually get a fair bit of rain to help with the watering!