Japanese Maples Dwarf Conifers
 

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Pinus contorta 'var. latifolia Chief Joseph'
Common Name: Chief Joseph Lodgepole Pine
Form: 16
Sun Tolerance:
Min Hardiness: 5
Growth Rate: 3-6"
10-year (HxW):
Description:
Green summer needles begin turning gold in the
fall. By winter, this plant is absolutely
brilliant gold. It was found in the Wallowa
Mountains by Doug Wills of Sandy, OR during a
hunting trip. He supposedly used an axe to
dig it. This variety has proven to be
difficult to propagate - yellow and some
variegated conifers are typically more
difficult to graft. Some growers recommend
using Pinus contorta var. latifolia understock
which eliminates winter burn. Chief Joseph
(1840-1904) was the chief of the Wallow Valley
Nez Perce tribe. He became famous in 1877 for
leading a three and a half month defensive war
against the US Army who was attempting to
forcibly remove the Natives to a reservation in
Idaho.
 
 
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