Pinus strobus L.

Eastern White Pine, Weymouth Pine

Cultivar Compacta

Cultivar Compacta

Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Pinus

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 3 to 8

Size: 50 to 80' tall, half as wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Pyramidal when young, developing a rounded head. Leaves in 5s, 5" long, soft with white lines underneath. Cones to 8" long on slender stalks. Well-drained soil. Prefers cool, humid climates.

Of all the species of Pinus hitherto known, the Weymouth Pine grows the highest, the straightest, and strongest, and may justly be considered as the chief of this numerous tribe. (Desc. Pinus)


'Horsford' - dwarf mounding form - very slow growing - I saw it at The Unique Plant and fell in love with it, although it is doubtful it would grow here because of the heat.

'Compacta' - slow growing, dense compact form to 4' tall in 10 years.


Known in England as the Weymouth Pine because Lord Weymouth made extensive use of it at Longleat in Wiltshire in the early 1700s.

Native to eastern North Ameriaca and cultivated since the mid 16th century.

Published in Sp. Pl. 1001 in 1753.

Also published in Desc. Pinus 1: t.22 p.31 #16 in 1803 (and in ed.3 #28 in 1832).


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