High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
Horsford White Pine
Pinus strobus 'Horsford'
Horsford White Pine
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Height: 18 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3
Other Names: Eastern White Pine
A very compact evergreen garden shrub with a dense, mounded habit of growth and lime-green foliage; hardy and slow growing, excellent for form, texture and color detail in home gardens or for rock gardens.
Horsford White Pine has bluish-green foliage which emerges lime green in spring. The small needles remain bluish-green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Horsford White Pine is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.
This shrub 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. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Horsford White Pine is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Horsford White Pine will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. 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. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.
Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.