Grow in fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Will tolerate some light shade. Can tolerate a wide variety of soils.
This slow growing (3-6" per year), dwarf, upright, dense, evergreen white pine cultivar has an irregular growth pattern when young and features short smoky-blue needles. Does not produce cones in early years. Eventual light brown cones are attractive to birds. Cultivar is somewhat rare.
Generally a low-maintenance, dwarf pine with few problems. Some susceptibility to aphids, spider mites, scale, bark beetles and white pine weevil. Also susceptible to white pine blister rust which is a bark disease that is usually fatal. Very intolerant of air pollutants such as ozone and sulfur dioxide. Species of Ribes (e.g., currants and gooseberries) are the alternate host for white pine blister rust and may be considered as candidates for elimination in areas where white pines are under attack. White pine blister rust is not considered to be a problem in Missouri however.
This dwarf cultivar is effective as a foundation planting, specimen or hedge, or may be planted at the periphery of the perennial border.