Botanical Name: Pinus parviflora
Common Name: Japanese White Pine
Origin: Japan/South Korea
Locations: CSE, CSW, KN
Notable Feature: The short needles form blue/green tufts of foliage at the branch tips, and create an overall fine texture to the tree’s picturesque silhouette.
Habit: This graceful, conical, evergreen tree grows 50 to 70 feet in the wild and 20 to 40 feet under cultivation. A dense pine, that tends to develop spreading branches and a flattened crown as it ages. Very slow growing.
Flower: Species is monoecious; males cylindrical, purple ripening to yellow, near branch tips; females yellow to purple, adjacent to the males. Appear in late spring.
Fruit: Oval, reddish brown cones grow to 4” long and contain large seeds. The cones ripen in early fall and remain on the tree for several years.
Foliage: Bluish green needles grow to 2 ½” long in bundles of five, often curved or arching. Each needle has an interior white stripe.
Interesting Fact: A popular tree for bonsai because of its slow-growing habit and irregular, spreading form.