Blue Shag White Pine
Pinus strobus ‘Blue Shag’
Blue Shag White Pine
Pinus strobus ‘Blue Shag’
How are the heights measured?
All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.
What is a gallon container?
Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.
How does the delivery process work?
All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!
Why are some states excluded from shipping?
The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.
The Blue Shag White Pine is a wonderful dense, rounded cushion of soft, irregular blue-green needles, that forms a full plant over 4 feet tall and across within 10 years. It is a great specimen around your house, or in beds of shrubs, and it thrives in rocky areas and on slopes. Use it to add interest and variety anywhere in your garden and mix it with other evergreens of different forms and colors for a low-maintenance way to build a great garden. This is a selected form of the native tree, so it can be used in native plant gardens to great effect. For easy growth and a great rounded shape, it can’t be beaten.
- Beautiful dense rounded form
- Soft blue-green needles cover the whole plant
- Excellent medium-size for any location
- Selected form of a native tree
- Easy to grow in lots of environments
Grow the Blue Shag White Pine in full sun, in well-drained open soil, but it adapts well to many soil types and will grow happily in most locations. Once established it has moderate resistant to normal summer drought periods. It needs no trimming or pruning to maintain it rounded shape, and it has few pests or diseases. It can be grown in pots too, to decorate a terrace or patio, or used as permanent planting in planter boxes, surrounded by changing annual flowers if you wish.
- Plant Hardiness Zones 3-8
- Mature Width 5
- Mature Height 5
- Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun
Rounded evergreen shapes are always assets in the garden, where their dense structure contrasts nicely with more open shapes, or with vertical accent plants. The Blue Shag White Pine is a relatively recent introduction, that has quickly developed a reputation as a unique variety with exactly that rounded shape. It is also very hardy, easy to grow, and has an interesting texture you will love to have in your garden. This is a selected form of a native tree, so you can still enjoy the natural pleasure of growing native plants, while also enjoying the novelty of interesting forms.
The Blue Shag White Pine forms a compact, dense mound of branches, sitting on the ground, and developing into a rounded, almost spherical bush, reaching a height and spread of about 4 ½ feet in the first ten years. It steadily adds 4 to 6 inches of growth each year, and it will continue to grow, reaching about 8 feet tall in 20 years. The many stems maintain a dense structure, and the needles are about 3 inches long, in bundles of five, wrapped in a papery covering where they attach to the stems. They are an interesting shade of bluish green, with a soft, shaggy texture, creating an appealing plant.
Growing Blue Shag White Pine Bushes
Use the Blue Shag White Pine for variety in the foundation planting around your home. Group several in larger beds for a striking contrast with other shrubs. Cover a slope or bank with them, for a different look to the normal spreading junipers that are so widely grown. A great way to make a feature bed in any garden is to group a selection of dwarf conifer evergreens, like this one, place some attractive rocks among them, and mulch the bed with a layer of gravel or rock chips. Choose a varied range of shapes and colors, from narrow columns to flat spreaders, and group them in interesting ways. At the Tree Center you will find a wide range of these plants in our ‘Evergreens’ collections, and it is easy to plan a garden with them, that will bring lots of color and interest every day of the year for almost no work.
We should always remember that dwarf plants, especially evergreen conifers, never stop growing, although the growth rate does slow down. When planting, allow for future growth, and space young plants well apart. Older specimens are glorious to see, and valuable too, so give them the chance to develop their full potential. Allow plenty of space, and watch these easy plants develop and mature into wonderful specimens.
Growing in Pots and Containers
You can also grow the Blue Shag White Pine in containers, and a pair flanking an entrance is a great feature in any garden. Growing in a large pot it will bring a look of permanence and interest to your terrace or patio. Plant a row in a narrow space, perhaps between a driveway and a fence – the options are endless.
Planting and Initial Care
The Blue Shag White Pine will grow in almost any kind of soil, preferring moist, well-drained, sandy and acidic soils, but really growing almost anywhere. For harsh city plantings the Mugo Pine is preferable, but in all other places white pine is a winner. When young it should be watered weekly, but once established it will tolerate periods of normal summer drought without any problems. It needs no pruning or trimming to maintain its neat form, and it has few pests and diseases of any significance.
History and Origins of the Blue Shag White Pine
The Eastern White Pine, Pinus strobus, is the only 5-needle pine growing east of the Rocky Mountains. Native Americans called it the Tree of Peace, and it was logged extensively for the masts of sailing ships, both British and American, including the USS Constitution, because it is so tall and straight. Original growth trees are rare, but natural forests are regenerating rapidly. There are several dwarf forms of this tree, but the ‘Blue Shag’ variety is considered especially desirable and densely branched, compared to inferior trees just sold as ‘dwarf white pine’.
The Blue Shag White Pine was found in 1978, by Dr. Sidney Waxman of the University of Connecticut. He found it growing as a ‘witch’s broom’ on a wild tree. These are natural growths of very dense branches on the older branches of trees, and many dwarf evergreens began life in this way. Pieces are taken and grafted onto roots from seedling white pine trees, and this is the way our trees are produced, to ensure they are exact copies of that original discovery. The demand for interesting dwarf evergreens is always strong, because they bring so much to your garden, but need so little from you – surely a great exchange. Order now while our stocks last, and start building a collection of these plants, or add this one to your existing garden.