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Silver Whispers Pine

Pinus cembra 'Silver Whispers'

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Silver Whispers Pine (Pinus cembra 'Silver Whispers') at Bachman's Landscaping

Silver Whispers Pine

Silver Whispers Pine

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Silver Whispers Pine (Pinus cembra 'Silver Whispers') at Bachman's Landscaping

Silver Whispers Pine foliage

Silver Whispers Pine foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Arolla Pine, Swiss Stone pine


A near perfect hardy evergreen for spatially challenged landscapes; exceptional form is densely packed with white striped dark green needles that produce a silvery effect; further accented with long violet blue cones

Ornamental Features

Silver Whispers Pine has attractive dark green foliage with white stripes. The needles are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The plum purple fruits are held in cones in mid spring. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Whispers Pine is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. 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.

Silver Whispers Pine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Silver Whispers Pine will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. 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 60 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 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
Accent  Articulation  Massing  Garden 
Fruit  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features