Pinus contorta ‘Chief Joseph’
golden lodgepole pine
© Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks
Electric gold barely seems sufficient to describe the needles of this beguiling Pacific Northwest native lodgepole pine cultivar discovered in northeastern Oregon. The new growth in spring and summer is the typical green, then the dazzling color of ‘Chief Joseph’ is revealed in late autumn to early winter as frosts arrive. This is definitely a blast of color for the winter garden!
Plant Type: conifer
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 meters)
Plant Height-Mature: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)
Plant Width-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8
Flower Color: none
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: occasional watering
Seasonal Interest: intense golden yellow foliage in winter
Wildlife Associations: birds
- Culture Notes
- For the best color effect plant in full sun. The soil should be well-drained and water regularly during the dry season for the first two years until it is established, after that water occasionally.
- Geek Notes
- This selection of pinus contorta was found by Doug Will of Sandy, Oregon in the Wallowa Mountains of northeastern Oregon during a hunting trip. The cultivar name, 'Chief Joseph', is for Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt, known as Chief Joseph (1840-1904), a leader of the Wal-lam-wat-kain (Wallowa) band of Nez Perce, a Native American tribe indigenous to the Wallowa Valley in northeastern Oregon.