Pinus banksiana Uncle Fogy
Pinus banksiana 'Uncle Fogy' photo courtesy of Iseli Nursery

Jack Pine

Pinus banksiana 'Uncle Fogy' is a pendulous form of Jack pine with wildly undulating, pendulous branches. The winter buds are densely covered with resin. According to Iseli nursery, it is a "bizarrely attractive collector's plant." Typical rate of growth for this cultivar is 30 - 45 cm (12 to 18 inches) per year, obviously producing a very large specimen in very short order. It tends to grow upward for less than a metre before knuckling over and hugging the ground. However, 'Uncle Fogy' is very forgiving of staking and aggressive pruning which helps to contain it and can allow for very artistic presentation.

  • Height: less than 1 metre
  • Spread: 4 metres (12 ft)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 2
  • Sun or Shade: minimum 6 hours of direct sun
  • Foliage Colour: medium green
  • Shape: mounding, arching or weeping
  • Critter Resistance: deer

Growing and Maintenance Tips

This Jack Pine grows in average, medium moisture, well-drained sandy loams in full sun. It does not grow well in less than full sun.