Pinus virginiana 'Issaqueena'

Pinus virginiana 'Issaqueena' is a broadly pyramidal conical selection of Virginia shrub pine with 1 inch (2.5 cm) long bright green needles, and purplish branchlets. Expect this plant to grow 4.5 feet (1.5) m tall and wide after 10 years in the landscape, a growth rate of less than 6 inches (15 cm) per year.

[JC Raulston Arboretum] - This plant serves to illustrate one group of southern natives that are grossly overlooked for selection and development of new cultivars - the southern pines. This dwarf cultivar represents one of several recently named cultivars that has potential in developing stress tolerant alternatives to mugo pine for southern landscapes. Despite our rich heritage of pines in the Southeast, few or no cultivars exist for most of the species. This plant, acquired from Stanley and Sons Nursery, Boring, Oreggon, shows the potential worth of selecting improved forms of these natives.

As is the case with many of the Pinus virginiana cultivars, little to nothing is known about the origin of this cultivar.

Pinus virginiana 'Issaqueena'
Photo by JC Raulston Aboretum