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Pinus contorta 'Chief Joseph'
  • RHS AGM

lodgepole pine 'Chief Joseph'

'Chief Joseph' is a dwarf, slow-growing conifer with a broadly conical outline. Needles 4-5cm long are borne in pairs, green in summer and autumn turning brilliant yellow in winter and spring

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Yellow
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Pinaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Pinus can be shrubs or large, evergreen trees, some species with attractive bark, developing an irregular outline with age and bearing long needle-like leaves in bundles of 2, 3 or 5; conspicuous cones may fall or remain on the tree for years

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in very well drained, acid or neutral soil

Propagation

Propagate by grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to adelgids, conifer aphids, pine sawflies and pine shoot moth

Diseases

May be susceptible to pine needle cast

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