Pinus contorta var. latifolia ‘Chief Joseph’ Lodgepole Pine

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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 Will 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.  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.  Don’t forget to check out the wide selection of Lodgepole Pines and other pine species.



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Latin Name

Pinus contorta var. latifolia 'Chief Joseph'

Common Name

Chief Joseph Lodgepole Pine

Plant Size

#1 Container, #10 Junior Specimen: 18-24", #10 Junior Specimen: 24-30", #2 Container, #3 Container, #5 Container, #7, 18-24", #7, 24-30", #7, 3-4', Specimen

Hardiness Zone

Zones 5-8

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