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Vanderwolf's Pyramid Pine

Pinus flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid'

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Vanderwolf's Pyramid Pine (Pinus flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid') at Chalet Nursery

Pinus flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid' foliage

Pinus flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid' foliage

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Vanderwolf's Pyramid Pine (Pinus flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid') at Chalet Nursery

Pinus flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid'

Pinus flexilis 'Vanderwolf's Pyramid'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 35 feet

Spread: 18 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 4


A newer popular evergreen tree with a dense, compact pyramidal form; features interestingly twisted blue-green needles on very flexible branches (they can even be tied in a knot!), quite durable, an excellent choice for smaller landscapes

Ornamental Features:

Vanderwolf's Pyramid Pine has attractive bluish-green foliage. The needles are ornamentally significant but remain bluish-green through the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The shaggy gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes:

Vanderwolf's Pyramid Pine is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. 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 is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Vanderwolf's Pyramid Pine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Plant Characteristics:

Vanderwolf's Pyramid Pine will grow to be about 35 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution.

This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent Shade
Foliage Color Plant Form Bark Winter Value Attracts Wildlife
Ornamental Features