Blue Shag Dwarf White Pine
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Not prickly like many other conifers, this sweet evergreen is as soft and strokeable as a thick shag carpet! Blue Shag Dwarf White Pine is a charismatic foundation plant, patio partner, or rock garden Accent with lush blue-green needles that are friendly to the touch. It lends a fine texture and a soft look to the landscape, contrasting wonderfully with rugged elements like stonework and brick. Use it as you would low-growing Spruces, Hollies, or Junipers to bring lively greenery to your garden all year-round. Blue Shag grows faster than other mini-conifers, but it never gets out of control.
- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
- Spacing: 2-4 ft
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It’s hard to believe that this plant is the same species as our mighty Eastern White Pine, but it’s true. White Pine was once the largest tree east of the Mississippi, with some specimens soaring over 200 feet tall. Those old giants are gone now—their wood and the land they stood on was too valuable to the settlers who encountered them. Blue Shag originated as a “witch’s broom” on a White Pine branch in Connecticut in 1978. These odd clustered growths sometimes appear on conifers and can be propagated to produce new, pint-sized plants.
Put away the pruners! Blue Shag Dwarf White Pine naturally maintains a neat, rounded, cloudlike shape with no pruning necessary. However, if you wish to keep your plant even more compact, you can trim the candles when they begin to elongate in early spring. Of course, this will slow the rate of growth.
How to Grow
Blue Shag Dwarf White Pine is easy to grow, especially in mild-summer regions of the U.S. It likes full sun, but is somewhat shade tolerant. White Pine insists upon sharp drainage—plants getting too much water will turn yellowish-green, then yellow, before checking out. Don’t confuse that with the normal yearly yellowing and needle-drop of some of the interior foliage. Like other White Pines, Blue Shag is sensitive to salt spray.
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