Pinus virginiana 'Driscoll' / Driscoll Virginia pine

Pinus virginiana 'Driscoll' is a slow-growing, compact, globose selection of Virginia shrub pine with attractive, short, light-green needles and purplish branchlets. After 10 years of growth in the garden, one can anticipate a miniature broad cushion 16 inches (40 cm) tall and and 24 inches (60 cm) wide, a growth rate of 1.5 inches (4 cm) per year. This and many Pinus virginiana cultivars are well suited for gardens in the southeastern U.S. and anywhere else that is prone to excess heat and humidity where other Pinus species fail.

As is the case with many of the cultivars in this species, little to nothing is known about 'Driscoll.' It is believed to have been introduced to the nursery trade by Stanley & Sons nursery, Boring, Oregon.

Pinus virginiana 'Driscoll' — a massive old specimen in the Jean Iseli Memorial Garden in Boring, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk
Pinus virginiana 'Driscoll' at the Jean Iseli Memorial Garden, Boring, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk