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Kurly Top White Pine (tree form)

Pinus strobus 'Kurly Top (tree form)'

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Kurly Top White Pine (tree form) (Pinus strobus 'Kurly Top (tree form)') at Canadale Nurseries

Kurly Top White Pine (tree form)

Kurly Top White Pine (tree form)

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Height:  4 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Eastern White Pine

Description:

An interesting small tree form featuring curly, twisted blue-green needles; compact and slow growing, excellent for form, texture and color detail in home gardens or for rock gardens; needs full sun

Ornamental Features

Kurly Top White Pine (tree form) has attractive blue-variegated bluish-green foliage. The twisted needles are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Kurly Top White Pine (tree form) is a dense evergreen dwarf tree, selected and trained to grow in a small tree-like form with the primary plant grafted high atop a standard. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This dwarf tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Kurly Top White Pine (tree form) is ideal for use as a garden accent or patio feature, and is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Kurly Top White Pine (tree form) will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This dwarf tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features