Pinus Vanderwolfs Pyramid
Pinus Vanderwolfs Pyramid or Vanderwolf Pine
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Pinus Vanderwolf's Pyramid, also known as Vanderwolf Pine or Vanderwolf’s Pyramid, is an attractive columnar evergreen conifer. This is the most popular variety from the Rocky Mountain White Pine, a family of pines originating from the Rocky Mountains from Canada down to Colorado. Its full Latin name is Pinus flexilis Vanderwolf's Pyramid - Pinus Flexilis being the Rocky Mountain White Pine family. Also called Limber Pines, these North American conifers are renowned for their toughness and decorative appearance. The Vanderwolf Pine was first introduced in 1972, by the Vermeulen Nursery from New Jersey. The name pays homage to the nursery's general supervisor Rein W. Vanderwolf who discovered it.
The vigorous Vanderwolf Pine starts out as a narrowly conical tree of columnar habit. As it matures, this evergreen conifer grows at a slower rate and takes on a teardrop shape. The evergreen foliage offers texture and colour throughout the year. Needles are 5 to 9 centimetres long on average and have a gorgeous silvery blue-green colour. The foliage is usually kept for 4 to 5 years and is not replaced by new growth.
Height and Spread of Pinus Vanderwolf's Pyramid
In a period of 10 years, Vanderwolf’s Pyramid will grow to be circa 4 metres high and 1 metre wide.
How Hardy is Pinus Vanderwolf's Pyramid
Vanderwolf Pine is fully hardy in the United Kingdom and will fare well even in subzero temperatures.
How To Use Pinus Vanderwolf's Pyramid
As an evergreen tree with attractive foliage and habit, Vanderwolf Pine can have many uses in the landscape. Most commonly, this Rocky Mountain White Pine cultivar is grown as a lawn specimen. The pyramidal form of the tree is best appreciated when this cultivar is planted on its own, but it can also serve as a great addition to a mixed shrub border. Vanderwolf's Pyramid will offer texture and year-round colour, as well as act as a perfect backdrop plant for more showier varieties.
How To Care for Pinus Vanderwolf's Pyramid
This pine variety is known to be very robust and versatile. Owing to its natural habitat, Pinus Vanderwolf's Pyramid can adapt to various conditions, from urban sites to dry soils. Ideally, you would choose a location in full sun for planting, and moist, but well-drained soil. Pruning is not necessary unless you need to remove dead or damaged growth. The stunning teardrop form occurs naturally, so you will not need to trim it to achieve this distinct habit.
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