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Chalet Swiss Stone Pine

Pinus cembra 'Chalet'

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Chalet Swiss Stone Pine (Pinus cembra 'Chalet') at Chalet Nursery

Chalet Swiss Stone Pine

Chalet Swiss Stone Pine

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Chalet Swiss Stone Pine (Pinus cembra 'Chalet') at Chalet Nursery

Chalet Swiss Stone Pine foliage

Chalet Swiss Stone Pine foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Arolla Pine


This slow growing variety has stunning blue and green needles and develops a dense, narrow, conical form; hardy and compact, it is a perfect choice as an accent tree in smaller landscapes

Ornamental Features

Chalet Swiss Stone Pine has attractive silvery blue foliage with green undersides. The needles are highly ornamental and remain silvery blue throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Chalet Swiss Stone Pine is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. 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.

Chalet Swiss Stone Pine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Chalet Swiss Stone Pine will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. 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 highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Articulation  Massing  Garden 
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features