Pinus sylvestris 'Watereri'
Description: A slow-growing, very compact cultivar of Scots Pine characterised by upward branches and steel-blue needles. It is upright and pyramidal when young, slowly maturing to a more irregular, broadly conical shape with age. If cultivated as a small tree, it develops a broad, parasol-shaped crown that grows to later become irregular and round. Also noted for orange-brown bark that later turns grayish brown.
Climate/Position: Prefers partial shade. Tolerates wind and sea breezes
Height/Spread: Will eventual reach 3.5m x 3m
Soil Requirements: Any moist, yet well-drained, fertile, neutral to slightly acidic soil. Drought tolerant once established.
Pruning: Though its slow growth rate means that no routine pruning is required, 'Watereri' tolerates clipping well, making it suited to shaping. Can be created into 'bonsai-like' solitary plants.
First cultivated at Knap Hill Nursery, Woking, England, 1865