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Weeping Western White Pine Pinus monticola

Phonetic Spelling
PY-nus mon-TEE-ko-luh
Description

This variety of pine grows best in a moist open site (has little drought tolerance) but will thrive on a dry, sandy site.  It has a narrowly conical crown, short horizontally spreading branches with ascending tips.   

Although a resistant strain is currently being developed, this pine is very susceptible to white pine blister rust which is caused by a fungus.

An important source for matchwood.  

The seeds are eaten by birds. as well as small mammals.  The foliage is eaten by deer and grouse while porcupines and small rodents eat the bark and wood.  The needles are also used for nesting.

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Pendula'
    Pendulus branches and bowed stem
'Pendula'
Tags:
#evergreen#wildlife plant#native tree#moths#conifer#deer resistant#nighttime garden#dense#larval host plant#pollinator garden#moth larva#imperial moth
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Pendula'
    Pendulus branches and bowed stem
'Pendula'
Tags:
#evergreen#wildlife plant#native tree#moths#conifer#deer resistant#nighttime garden#dense#larval host plant#pollinator garden#moth larva#imperial moth
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pinus
    Species:
    monticola
    Family:
    Pinaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Western USA and Canada
    Fire Risk Rating:
    high flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant supports Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis) larvae which have one brood per season and appear from April-October in the south. Adult Imperial Moths do not feed. Seeds are eaten by birds.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Horizontal
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
    Flower Description:
    5 to 8 in. cylindrical cones singly or in groups of up to 5. Becomes pendulous.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    White
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Stiff, densely arranged blue-green 3 to 4 in. needles in bundles of 5, 5 white lines on the underside.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Gray
    Light Gray
    Bark Description:
    The bark is gray and smooth, becoming checked with flaking scales.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Slender red-brown, slightly glandular, purple-brown to gray when mature.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Nighttime Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Moths
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer