Taylor's Sunburst Lodgepole Pine

Pinus contorta 'Taylor's Sunburst'

Bright yellow spring growth provides a burst of color from this specimen conifer. Tiny, vibrant fuchsia cones appear on the colorful new growth, adding even more interest. The yellow needles harden to dark green by fall, ready to provide the perfect backdrop for next spring's growth. A highly adaptable, easy to grow, dwarf variety.
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Water deeply once a week during the first growing season; once establish, reduce frequency.


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Botanical PronunciationPY-nus kun-TORE-tuh
Average Size at MaturityModerate Growing: Reaches 12 ft. tall, 8 ft wide.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasExcellent as a specimen conifer. This selection tends to grow more upright and narrow, so it is suitable for smaller gardens. Plant where a verticle accent and some spring color is needed. The foliage will be green by the end of summer, making a nice backdrop for plants with attractive fall color.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorMulticolored
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Rustic
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseSpecimen, Very Wet Areas, Hillside
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Tolerates Wet Soils, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsWater deeply once a week during the first growing season; once establish, reduce frequency.
Companion PlantsJapanese Maple (Acer); Winterberry (Ilex); Switch Grass (Panicum); Dogwood (Cornus); Barberry (Berberis)

Performs best in well-draining, slightly acidic soil, but is highly adaptable and can grow in wet, boggy conditions. Do not amend the soil when planting. Water deeply, weekly during the first growing season; once establish, reduce frequency. Fertilize during the first year with a slow release fertilizer designed for pine trees.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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