Limber Pine 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid'

Pinus flexilis

Family: Pinaceae (py-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pinus (PY-nus) (Info)
Species: flexilis (FLEKS-il-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Vanderwolf's Pyramid




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:



Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Juneau, Alaska

Flagstaff, Arizona

Prescott, Arizona

Wilmington, Delaware

Hanna City, Illinois

Rock Island, Illinois

Plainfield, Indiana

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Clermont, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Dracut, Massachusetts

Helena, Montana

Papillion, Nebraska

Richmondville, New York

Sayville, New York

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio

Lorain, Ohio

Lexington, Virginia

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Langley, Washington

Lewisburg, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 12, 2014, j3maloney from Elsmere, DE wrote:

Quite slow growing, but after 10 years it is taking on a very nice pyramidal shape and has grown from about 10 feet to about 20 feet. I planted it in moderately clay soil on a small slope in full sun and it has not complained. Kids love to bend the new branches into knots.


On Aug 16, 2013, highlakes from Helena, MT wrote:

I lost the first one. PIanted a second. It seems to be fussy about a taproot--get a smaller tree to begin. It needed LOTS more water than I expected the first year; it would tell me it was thirsty with slightly drooping candles at the top. Yard irrigation won't do it!! But what a beauty now! 10 inches of new growth this second year. I get many compliments on the tree. I will be snipping candle ends off next March to keep it full. Has anyone had success with that?


On Jun 27, 2012, SuburbanNinja80 from Plainfield, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I Must say I Love this Tree. Problem is its summer and my parents will not let me plaint any more Pines. So, it would Make a good Poted Pine those. I also Like the Solf needies of this Pine also. I See this as noting more than Bluesy White Pine.


On Oct 6, 2011, Bluespruce_Paul from Portland
United Kingdom wrote:

I have a young plant, around 100 cm in height, settling in very well on the Isle of Portland, United Kingdom. This plant is thriving in full sun in an exposed coastal location, less than 100 metres from the sea, and shows no stress from windburn. The soil is alkaline, and this conifer seems quite content with that.