Green Twist White Pine – Tree Form

Pinus strobus ‘Green Twist’

Green Twist White Pine – Tree Form

Pinus strobus ‘Green Twist’

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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.

About Me


The Green Twist White Pine is a beautiful rounded bush with twisted foliage like the untidy hair of a child. It forms a rounded mound about 18 inches across, and when mounted on a short stem it becomes a lovely miniature tree that is a very useful and unique addition to any garden. Plant it among small shrubs or flowers to bring height to a bed. Use it at the corners of garden areas to bring a formal touch. Plant it in a pot or planter for interest and height on your patio or terrace. Wherever you plant this unique tree you will love it, and have something very special to show your friends when they visit. With its lovely blue-green foliage and rounded form, this tree adds something unique and charming to any garden.

  • Fascinating curling blue-green foliage
  • Small rounded tree on a straight stem
  • Trouble-free growth in any sunny location
  • Useful dwarf accent plant
  • Hardy to minus 30 and pest free

Choose a sunny location for this tree, which will thrive in almost any kind of well-drained soil. It always looks attractive and interesting, and grows even with winter temperatures down to minus 30. This makes it a great choice for colder areas where the choice of unusual plants is more limited. It is free of pests and diseases and takes care of itself – a trouble free plant that is beautiful and unique.

Plant Hardiness Zones 4-8
Mature Width 1-2
Mature Height 3-4
Sun Needs Full Sun
Zones 4-8

The world of dwarf evergreens can seem endless, and with so much choice it can be hard to find the really outstanding, special trees among the crowd of average ones. Here at the Tree Center we pride ourselves on doing that work for you and finding the best and most unusual dwarf trees to bring beauty and interest to your garden. The Green Twist White Pine is a recent introduction that has really excited collectors and ordinary gardeners equally. This adorable tree has a real personality that makes it something unique and special to have in your garden. It forms a rounded mound of fascinating foliage, but to make it even more special, and to give it real presence in your garden, we had our growers mount this tree on a short trunk, so that it really stands out and can also be used in many more ways around the garden.

Growing the Green Twist White Pine Tree

Size and Appearance

The Green Twist White Pine Tree is a dwarf evergreen conifer that forms a rounded ball of foliage up to 18 inches or more across, on a short trunk, in the popular ‘lollipop’ shape. What makes it very special is the foliage itself. This is a pine, so it has needles about 2 to 3 inches long, but instead of being straight, as they usually are in pine trees, they are twisted into curled shapes, giving a fascinating and unique texture to this tree. They are a lovely blue-green color, adding more interest to this tree.

Using the Green Twist White Pine Tree in Your Garden

Use these plants as taller specimens in a bed of small plants – perhaps other dwarf evergreens, or small flowering shrubs. Place it in a pot or planter box to give height above annual flowers on your patio or terrace. Plant one at each corner of a lawn or bed, to bring a formal touch to your gardening. Whatever you do with it and however you use this unique plant, you will love the charm it brings, with it foliage looking like the tousled hair of a favorite child.

A plant like this is clearly something special, and it could never be grown from seed. Cheap, seedling white pines are something completely different, and will grow to be forest trees. To make this unusual plant into something unique, we asked out skilled growers to attach stem pieces to the upright trunks of seedling pines, and they produced these beautiful Green Twist White Pine Trees, with the foliage topping a straight stem. The work and skill involved is substantial, but the result is more than worth it.


This plant will grow well even if the winter temperatures fall to minus 30, so this is a great choice for colder areas, where the choices of unusual plants are more limited. Plant it anywhere from zone 4 to zone 8.

Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions

Plant your tree in a sunny spot in ordinary soil. It will grow well in sandy soil, or loam or even clay if the drainage is good. Keep it well watered for the first couple of years, and after that it will survive normal summer dry periods with no extra care.

Maintenance and Pruning

The Green Twist White Pine Tree has no significant pests or diseases, and it needs no trimming or special care. Just plant it and let it grow. If you don’t want to trim any wayward branches that develop, make sure you only cut back into areas that still have needles on them. Bare branches cannot resprout.

History and Origin of the Green Twist White Pine Tree

White Pine, Pinus strobus, is a handsome native American tree that grows throughout the northeastern states and up into southern Canada. In the wild it is a tall tree, often only with branches high up, above a tall, rugged trunk. The tallest trees can be almost 200 feet tall, but in gardens they normally grow between 50 and 80 feet. It has soft needles up to five inches long, in a bluish green color, giving this tree a more delicate look and feel than most other evergreens.

There are a number of unusual forms of this tree, including one which grows into a normal tree, but with twisted needles, giving it an exotic look. This form is called ‘Torulosa’, and one day in the 1990s an enthusiast called Randy Dykstra was looking at one of these trees at the Bickelhaupt Arboretum in Clinton, Iowa. He noticed an odd cluster of branches on the tree of a type called a ‘witches broom’ and he collected a piece of it. When he grew this plant it developed into a charming cluster of branches with curled needles, which he named ‘Green Twist’. He introduced it to gardeners in 1997 and it has become a real ‘hot property’ among those in the know who appreciate unusual and attractive plants.

Buying the Green Twist White Pine Tree at the Tree Center

If you are looking for a striking and unique plant to give a very personal touch to your garden, then the Green Twist White Pine Tree is just what you are looking for. Clearly such a unique plant is always in short supply, so although our suppliers work hard to keep up with the demand, shortages can occur. Order now for something special, that is not only unique, but easy for anyone to take care of – a true trouble-free beauty.

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Green Twist White Pine – Tree Form

Pinus strobus ‘Green Twist’