Should I Buy A “Chief Joseph” Lodgepole Pine In Georgia?

Chief Joseph

Q: We recently removed some Leyland cypress trees. We went to a plant nursery and saw a beautiful tree called Pinus contorta “Chief Joseph”. This tree turns a vibrant yellow in winter. The price is $677. Do you have any thoughts about its viability in Georgia? 

A: Yowsa, that’s a lot of money! I think planting it here would be a major gamble and I predict you would lose. This pine is common in northwestern California. It can tolerate Georgia winters but Georgia summers are a different matter. Our heat and humidity would be a huge challenge. If you like yellow shrubs and have extra money burning a hole in your pocket, consider Polar Gold, Berckman’s Gold, or Forever Goldy arborvitae.

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