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Viridis Compacta Scotch Pine

Pinus sylvestris 'Viridis Compacta'

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Viridis Compacta Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris 'Viridis Compacta') at Frisella Nursery

Viridis Compacta Scotch Pine

Viridis Compacta Scotch Pine

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Height:  10 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Scots Pine


A compact, conical evergreen garden shrub with dark green, twisted needles, densely held; slow growing; ideal for detail use in the landscape or for screening

Ornamental Features

Viridis Compacta Scotch Pine is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has attractive dark green evergreen foliage. The twisted needles are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Viridis Compacta Scotch Pine is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Viridis Compacta Scotch Pine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Viridis Compacta Scotch Pine will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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