Chief Joseph Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta ‘Chief Joseph’)

What a stunner! This gorgeous dwarf conifer gives amazing fall color without ever losing its leaves! The Chief Joseph Lodgepole Pine boasts lovely, light-green needles that grow in compact bundles throughout the warmer times of year. However, when the weather begins to cool, in autumn, a stunning show begins! The needles morph into a glowing golden and yellow display that lasts throughout the winter! When spring arrives again, the leaves change back into light green for the duration of the summer. What a magnificent treat!

Chief Joseph is small and manageable, growing only a foot per year (at the most), usually reaching a mature height of 6-8 feet. It grows naturally in the mountains of eastern Oregon so, while it is technically a Northwest native, it does prefer drier climates. Just take care not to overwater your pine and that it’s planted in well-drained soil.

Plant these beacons of light throughout your garden, to light up the gray days of winter. They also do well in containers; place a few near your porch to welcome visitors in from the cold!

Call for availability before getting your heart set on this plant, though. They are generally pretty rare and hard to find. In fact, we can usually only get one at the nursery at a time!

Sunlight requirement: partial to full sun

Watering needs: minimal, once established

Soil conditions: prefers well-drained soil

Please call us at the nursery to check for availability: (206) 878-8761

judith moses

could you please notify me when you have one available?...

judith moses said on :

could you please notify me when you have one available? my son is a direct descendent of chief moses and we live on the colville indian reservation in washington state.

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Betty Bell

If they're not too dear, I'd like one to have in...

Betty Bell said on :

If they’re not too dear, I’d like one to have in a pot near my entry.

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Katherine Sargent

I saw one today at my local Portland Nursery and it...

Katherine Sargent said on :

I saw one today at my local Portland Nursery and it was 400.00 but it was two and a half feet tall and about one and a half round…you can get them sent to you as babies for 75.00.

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Karen Nelsen

What is the diameter of the Chief Joseph Lodgepole...

Karen Nelsen said on :

What is the diameter of the Chief Joseph Lodgepole Pine?

Please recommend other alpine or dwarf unusual evergreens suited for smaller spaces?

Thank you for these articles!

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Furney's Nursery

Hi Karen. Thanks for your great questions. The Chief...

Furney's Nursery said on :

Hi Karen. Thanks for your great questions. The Chief Joseph usually gets about 3 feet wide, at maturity. Were you looking for the diameter of the trunk? They probably generally grow no more 6 inches across. We have many varieties of dwarf evergreens at Furney’s, including several evergreen shrubs. For trees, we might suggest Korean fir, Daubs Frosted Juniper, Elwood Pillar or Umbrella Pine ‘Joe Kozey’ . None of them grow over 15 feet tall. If you come to the nursery, our expert staff can help you look around. Thanks!

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Debbie Sheadel

I am very much interested in purchasing a Chief Joseph...

Debbie Sheadel said on :

I am very much interested in purchasing a Chief Joseph ~ Please, let me know if you do have them available ~ Thank you so much for your help ~ Debbie Sheadel

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Furney's Nursery

Thanks, Debbie. We'll keep you informed!

Furney's Nursery said on :

Thanks, Debbie. We’ll keep you informed!

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Jill Yonkers

I would love to take 1 to our cabin at Lake Roosevelt....

Jill Yonkers said on :

I would love to take 1 to our cabin at Lake Roosevelt. I am wondering what the availability is. We will be heading over the first week of April.

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Furney's Nursery

Hi Jill! Thanks for writing. We are keeping our eyes...

Furney's Nursery said on :

Hi Jill! Thanks for writing. We are keeping our eyes peeled for them but, unfortunately, availability is a bit tough at the moment. We’ll keep you posted!

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Paula

Please let me know when you have a Chief Joseph lodgepole...

Paula said on :

Please let me know when you have a Chief Joseph lodgepole pine available. I’d like to purchase one.

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Kathleen Felt

I am also interested in purchasing the Chief Joseph...

Kathleen Felt said on :

I am also interested in purchasing the Chief Joseph Lodgepoll Pine. Please let me know when one is available.

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Lucinda O'Halloran

Yes! Please put me on the list for one of these beauties....

Lucinda O'Halloran said on :

Yes! Please put me on the list for one of these beauties. I’d like to plant it in a container either on my deck or at the front entrance. Thanks!

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william b locklear

i also would like to buy one of these for my yard,...

william b locklear said on :

i also would like to buy one of these for my
yard, i already have several dwarf conifers.
they really are great!!!!!!

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Furney's Nursery

They are hard to find but we'll let you know when we...

Furney's Nursery said on :

They are hard to find but we’ll let you know when we get some in stock!

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Ginger

Can the Chief Joseph Pine be kept in a large container,...

Ginger said on :

Can the Chief Joseph Pine be kept in a large container, we are interested in planting around our Koi pond and worry about trees roots breaking the rock walls.

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Joe and Suzanne

We picked up one of your Chief Joseph trees and it's...

Joe and Suzanne said on :

We picked up one of your Chief Joseph trees and it’s a stunner! Thank you for these excellent articles and carrying such nice specimens. It looks great at the corner of our house in the front yard!

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Furney's Nursery

Thanks, Joe and Suzanne! Glad you like it! We'd love...

Furney's Nursery said on :

Thanks, Joe and Suzanne! Glad you like it! We’d love to see a photo of the tree in your yard! If you want, you can post it to our Facebook page!

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nathan woodring

please allow me to know when i can buy one also to...

nathan woodring said on :

please allow me to know when i can buy one also to put along side my wollemi pine from austrailia.

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Susan

Please let me know when the Chief Joseph Pine is available....

Susan said on :

Please let me know when the Chief Joseph Pine is available.

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Robert Moeckly

Please let me know the availability of the Chief Joseph...

Robert Moeckly said on :

Please let me know the availability of the Chief Joseph Pine. Do you ship to California?

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jerry heade

do you have any chief joseph's for sale? how much...

jerry heade said on :

do you have any chief joseph’s for sale? how much are they? do you do mail order? shipping costs?
i live in Portland, Or–not sure where your nursery is.
thanks,
Jerry

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Antonio Dittmann

I would very much like tompurchase at least one, pref....

Antonio Dittmann said on :

I would very much like tompurchase at least one, pref. two. Please let me know when availabe. Thank you!

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