A medium-sized shrub. Buds about 5 mm long, pointed, ovoid to cylindrical, resinous, scales flattened down. Leaves in 5's, 4-7 cm long. Cones ovoid, permanently closed, 3-5 cm long with the tips of some scales dark and bent back.
Grows naturally at high elevation on exposed or snowy sites. Grown as a small ornamental garden pine for cooler sites.
Shrub; short leaves in dense clusters. Similar to P. cembra but shrubby with shorter, twisted leaves and smaller cones, and to P. parviflora, but shrubby and with smaller cones.
Source: (1995). Pinaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.