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Morel Red Pine

Pinus resinosa 'Morel'

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Morel Red Pine (Pinus resinosa 'Morel') at Bachman's Landscaping

Morel Red Pine

Morel Red Pine

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Height:  6 feet

Spread:  32 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Norway Pine


An attractive dwarf evergreen shrub, forms a tight mounded ball, very slow growing; an ideal detail plant for home gardens and rock gardens for form and texture

Ornamental Features

Morel Red Pine has dark green foliage. The needles remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Morel Red Pine is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Morel Red Pine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Morel Red Pine will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 32 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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