Pinus strobus ‘Gitche Gumee’

Nice looking new cultivar of Pinus strobus 'Gitche Gumee'
Pinus strobus ‘Gitche Gumee’ nice blue-green coloration, & strong upright candle growth!

About Pinus strobus ‘Gitche Gumee’, a columnar white pine broom, one of our favorite discoveries! While hiking the beautiful North Country Trail just outside of Marquette, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, we spotted a very dense columnar broom on a white pine high on a sandy knoll. This Pinus strobus broom, named from the classic poem by Longfellow, is located along the shores of Gitche Gumee (Lake Superior) next to the “Gitche Gumee” campground! The Ojibwe translation of “Gitche Gumee” loosely means “Big Sea”, referring to Lake Superior. Our friend, Brandon, in Marquette, Michigan, loves to climb trees, and he uses a method where he does not have to use spikes. This adventure to reach and harvest ‘Gitche Gumee’ branches was one of his more challenging Midwest climbs. Near the top of the tree, the broom gets battered by direct winds right off of Lake Superior. Parts of the broom looked freeze-dried from the subzero temperatures in the winter. The winds in this area can be fierce, reaching sustained speeds over 50 miles per hour! Some of the scions looked pretty shabby, but the grafts all pushed beautifully, with a nice blue-green color. And the new Pinus strobus ‘Gitche Gumee’ cultivars are keeping the unique upright columnar growth habit of the parent broom. A bonus attribute is that the new cultivars are producing paired miniature cones. Another interesting white pine broom we found along the shores of Lake Superior was Pinus strobus ‘Nokomis’, also part of Davison Gitche Gumee collection.

White pine 'Gitche Gumee' broom in tree
Pinus strobus ‘Gitche Gumee’
Brandon enjoying climbing white pine tree to retrieve broom scions
Love it!
Newly harvested Pinus strobus white pine 'Gitche Gumee' branch
A branch of the dense columnar broom, ‘Gitche Gumee’
Pinus strobus 'Gitche Gumee' with a frosty coat for Christmas!
Natural flocking just in time for Christmas!