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PlantFiles: Limber Pine
Pinus flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid'

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

5 vendors have this plant for sale.


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

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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive j3maloney 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.

Positive highlakes 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?

Neutral SuburbanNinja80 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.

Positive Bluespruce_Paul 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.


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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