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Adaptable evergreen 

Vanderwolf limber pine is mighty, but manageable

ON COLD WINTER DAYS, beautiful evergreens seem to stand watch over the garden. Many evergreens are quite large and can grow 50 feet tall or more. If you would like to plant either a single evergreen or a group as a hedge or windbreak without the planting exceeding 50 feet, consider using Vanderwolf limber pine (Pinus flexilis Vanderwolf’s Pyramid). 

Growing only 20 to 30 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide, this smaller evergreen may be just the right size for your garden space. It tends to be pyramidal when young and matures to a rounder shape. Its twisted silvery blue needles densely cover the tree and give it an intriguing fluffy appearance. 

Considered very adaptable, this tree does best when growing in full sun with moist, but well drained soil. It is a vigorous grower, but does not always perform well south of hardiness zone 7.

Unlike the Eastern white pine, Vanderwolf limber pine has very few problems, but watch for mites and aphids, which can be controlled when caught early. This beautiful pine is suitable for planting in both traditional and contemporary styled gardens. 

SHELLY NOLD is a horticulturist and owner of The Plant Kingdom. Send stories and ideas to her at The Plant Kingdom, 4101 Westport Road, Louisville, KY 40207

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