The Virginia pine  is a highly versatile North American native capable of growing in some of the poorest sites. It also has a vast range of climate adaptability, growing from Lower Ontario in Canada to the Gulf Coast of North America. And it requires virtually no care, is adaptable to both Christmas tree and Bonsai culture and thrives in the garden or on heat-blasted traffic islands. It also has great resistance to disease and pests, and is drought tolerant. All of the above makes the Virginia Pine an almost bullet-proof evergreen choice - a true "plant it and forget it" tree. And yet it's rarely offered in nurseries. Perhaps it's just too easy of culture and one could justifiably claim that there are more attractive pines available. But if the basic species lacks enough "umph”, there is a cultivar that should get your notice and that is Wate's golden Virginia pine, or Pinus virginiana ‘Wate's Golden'. This variant grows to a height of 15 to 30 feet with a spread of 10 to 20 feet and offers dazzling color when it is most needed, in the dead of winter. That is when the medium-green needles, which can grow from 1 to 3 inches in length, turn bright golden yellow making the tree the star of the winter landscape. Wate’s Golden pine is an irregular, slow to medium growing tree with spreading branching and a rounded to flat-topped crown. It is most noted for winter color but it makes an attractive tree year round. Older Virginia pines develop attractive orange bark which, unlike many other pines, is quite visible owing to its open branching habit. If you're looking for a tree with some winter pick-me-up that will also contrast  beautifully against darker evergreens, and is also care-free and small enough to fit most any garden, then Wate’s Golden pine is the perfect choice.

It is easily grown under most conditions, but good drainage and full sun are important. Wate’s Golden pine  grows across most of North America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

‘Wates Golden’ Virginia pine


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