Pinus contorta var. latifolia 'Taylor's Sunburst'
Common name: 
Taylor's Sunburst Lodgepole Pine
PI-nus kon-TOR-ta lat-i-FO-le-a
Pinus contorta 'Taylor's Sunburst'
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Conifer, evergreen, tree, narrow and upright, open branching, needles medium-length and dark green for much of the year.  But in spring the new growth is golden-yellow and it lasts for weeks, then becoming light yellow and finally green. The golden needles are accompanied by cherry red pollen cones.  The annual growth is about 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) and in 10 years a mature tree will reach 6 ft by 2 ft (1.8 x 0.6 m).

  • Sun

  • Hardy to USDA Zone 3       This selection was found in 1984 by Dr. Allan Taylor of Boulder, CO, growing at 9,000 ft in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.  The original tree was about 35 ft tall and the upper half was a lemon yellow, even in September.  The next year he collected scion wood and sent it to Jean Iseli who grafted it to a rootstock and introduced the cultivar through Iseli Nursery. 

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  • plant habit, spring

    plant habit, spring

  • branches


  • needles and cones

    needles and cones