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PlantFiles: Eastern White Pine
Pinus strobus 'Hillside Winter Gold'

Family: Pinaceae (py-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pinus (PY-nus) (Info)
Species: strobus (STROH-bus) (Info)
Cultivar: Hillside Winter Gold

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 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)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gewissjohn On Mar 12, 2014, Gewissjohn from Acton, MA wrote:

Added a 5-6' BB Pinus strobus 'Hillside Winter Gold' in late September 2013. Have had an extremely cold winter this season, and the yellow coloring is quite strong. Have a Eastern White Pine wind break on the other side of the property which rarely has any winter kill issues. Not sure how this pine will fare after its first winter, but paired with my Pinus flexis 'Cesarini Blue' and Pinus thunbergii 'Thunderhead' it made for great winter interest, and numerous comments from my neighbors.

Neutral braun06 On Jan 27, 2014, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I tried growing this plant a whim to test it for winter interest. It turns a decent gold in Central Illinois with amber tips however at the end of winter the former amber tips become dead zones on the leaf. The leaf damage is hardly noticeable but it wasn't put through a harsh zone 5 central IL winter to know if it could be worse.

It is a slower grower than the species, 6" a year, but will achieve full size. Hillside winter gold seems more a barometer for soil temperature more than air temperature. The leaves didn't change until the ground got cold enough after a week of freezing weather. This plant, because of our deciduous dominant environment here, does not seem to shine as it would in more evergreen locales.

Its a good contrast plant in the NW, SE or north Midwest where pines and evergreens dominate the landscape. In the prairie states if you have only once choice for an evergreen, this should not be the king in hierarchy of trees unless there are built elements that are quite dark to stand behind it and make it pop.


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

Palmetto, Georgia
Peoria, Illinois
Acton, Massachusetts
South Hill, Washington

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