Soft Touch Eastern White Pine
Pinus strobus 'Soft Touch’
Description: Pinus strobus ‘Soft Touch’ beckons in all seasons – demanding a pat to its soft, tousled head. Soft blue needles, five per bundle, with a slight twist grace this 3’ tall dwarf conifer. It is a slow grower and will attain its mature height after 15-20 years.
‘Soft Touch’ is a selection of our native white pine made by Dr. Sidney Waxman, famous for his selections of dwarf conifers. Dr. Waxman collected seeds and cuttings from many witch’s brooms, and particularly those from white pines. Numerous fine cultivars have come from his careful selections and this is one of the finest.
It is appropriate in both large and small landscapes, and provides solid beauty year round.
- Type/habit: Dwarf conifer shrub
- Key season and features of interest: Soft blue, twisted needles; dwarf form
- Flowering period: N/A
- Evergreen or deciduous: Evergreen
- Native? Yes
- Pollinator plant: N/A
- Wildlife benefits: Food and shelter for wildlife
- Site/Condition tolerance: Light shade; dry and/or rocky soil; wet soil
- Sun/Shade preference: Full sun
- Soil condition preference: Fertile, moist, well-drained
- Low maintenance; deer resistant; susceptibility to white pine blister and white pine weevil
Growth Habit: Slow growing, compact, spreading and irregular mounded form
Size (mature height and spread): 3’ tall by 5’ wide
Hardiness (USDA Zones): 3-7
Nativity: Northeast US, Canada
Suggested Uses: Ornamental specimen, rock garden, border, foundation
Year of award: 2004