Pinus wallichiana 'Zebrina' / zebra-striped Himalayan white pine
Pinus wallichinana 'Zebrina' is probably the most popular cultivar of the species because its long, gently drooping needles, flecked with yellow, making the tree appear to shimmer in the breeze. It can be quite effective in the winter also. Has a somewhat open habit but keeps its broad pyramidal shape as it grows, eventually into a sizable tree.
After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 to 15 feet (3 - 4 m) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 12 to 18 inches (30 - 45 cm). It prefers full sun but will take some shade. Despite it's provenance, it does not like excessive cold or high winds. It thrives in well drained but fertile soil.
This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1890s by Croux Nursery, Sceaux, France.
Pinus wallichiana 'Zebrina' — a 2003 accession at the New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, NY (USDA Hardiness Zone 7a); photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss
Pinus wallichiana 'Zebrina' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by USNA
Pinus wallichiana 'Zebrina' (in background)
Photo by Sandra McLean Cutler
First snowfall of the season; November 25, 2013, Brunswick, Maine.
Photo by Sean Callahan