Swiss Stone Pine | Hardy, Adaptable, Compact

Swiss Stone Pine
Swiss Stone Pine

Swiss stone pine is a coniferous tree native to the mountainous regions of Europe and Asia. They have a slower growth rate, and many compact varieties are available, making them an excellent choice for smaller landscapes where small evergreen trees are desired. While tolerant of many different types of soils and dry conditions, well-drained soils are essential, as the Swiss Stone Pine will not do well in saturated conditions.  

The video below takes a look at Swiss Stone Pine, Pinus cembra, and five more compact varieties of this species, including:

  • Dwarf Swiss Stone Pine, Pinus cembra ‘Nana’
  • Prairie Statesman, Pinus cembra ‘Herman’
  • Silver Whispers, Pinus cembra ‘Silver Whispers’
  • Algonquin Pillar, Pinus cembra ‘Algonquin Pillar’
  • Westerstede, Pinus cembra ‘Westerstede’

Swiss Stone Pine, Pinus cembra

Prairie Statesman Swiss Stone Pine, Pinus cembra 'Herman'

Silver Whispers Swiss Stone Pine, Pinus cembra 'Silver Whispers'

Westerstede Swiss Stone Pine, Pinus cembra 'Westerstede'

The Swiss Stone Pines are hardy to Zone 3, adaptable to many different soil conditions and, depending on the variety, compact enough for even the smallest of landscapes. What a great conifer!

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