Diggy White Pine
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Height: 5 feet
Spread: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Eastern White Pine
A beautiful evergreen garden shrub with an open, sculptural habit of growth and silvery blue-green needles; very compact and slow growing, excellent for fine texture and color detail in home gardens or in rock gardens; needs full sun
Diggy White Pine has attractive bluish-green foliage with hints of silver which emerges light green in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Diggy White Pine is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
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. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Diggy White Pine is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Diggy White Pine will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 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 50 years or more.
This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. 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. This is a selection of a native North American species.