Pinus contorta var. latifolia 'Chief Joseph'

Also known as:

  • Pinus contorta 'Chief Joseph'
  • Lodgepole Pine
  • Chief Joseph Pine

Plant Type

tree, conifer

Zones

5a-9b

Size

H:8'-12'
W:4'-6'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

well-drained

Water Needs:

low, drought tolerant

Special Situation:

verticillium wilt resistant

Sun Exposure:

sun

Features

Foliage Color:

gold

Foliage Season:

evergreen

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Silverton, Oregon

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Springfield, Oregon

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Springfield, Oregon

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Silverton, Oregon

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Description by: Gossler Farms

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Springfield, Oregon

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Can't be sent to CA, FL, HI. During summer this amazing pine is dark green and in late October- November suddenly (1 week) will change to a lovely golden yellow. During winter P. 'Chief Joseph' will be a beacon of golden color. In spring our eastern Oregon native will turn back to green. Very rarely offered but P. 'Chief Joseph' is worth the expense.

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Description by: Bloom River Gardens

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Springfield, Oregon

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34 years ago, plantsman Doug Will discovered a dwarf lodgepole pine while hiking in the Wallowa Mountains of Eastern Oregon. It was late autumn and the brilliant yellow-gold foliage of the little tree glowed against the green of the surrounding forest. Later visits to the tree revealed during warm weather the needles took on a pleasing medium green, but when the temperatures dropped in late autumn the bright gold returned. Will knew he had found something extraordinary and named it in honor of Chief Joseph, famous leader of the Nez Perce tribe that had long resided in the territory. Because it is extremely difficult to propagate, this amazing and slow-growing conifer is not readily available. Our small specimens may be some of the largest 'Chief Joseph's ever shipped in a box.

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Description by: Garden World

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Hubbard, Oregon

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Chief Joseph' is a coniferous, evergreen, dwarf tree. This variety of the Lodgepole Pine was discovered by Doug Will in the Wallowa Mountains of Eastern Oregon, and named for the famous Nez Perce Indian leader Chief Joseph. Most of the year the needles are colored light green, but in the winter they turn to a spectacular, shocking gold! Must have very well-drained soil. Will shed some needles through the summer, typical of many pines. We get these beautiful pines directly from the discoverer, right here in Oregon. Growth Rate slow, 4" annually

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Description by: Conifer Kingdom

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Silverton, Oregon

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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.

Description by: Greer Gardens Inc.

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Eugene, Oregon

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This is an exciting introduction from Doug Wills in Sandy, Oregon. Winter color of summer squash-yellow begins in October. In summer, it is a very beautiful green. Upright growth but could form a small ball shape if pruned. It grows 2-4" a year.

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