Pinus parviflora Glauca Group
blue-needled Japanese white pine
The name Pinus parviflora Glauca Group represents blue-needled selections of the lovely Japanese white pine. Each of their blue needles has a white stripe. These slow-growing evergreen trees form a dense, conical pyramid when they are young and gradually develop wide-spreading branches and a flat-topped shape with maturity. The combination of handsome foliage and attractive overall shape make blue-needled Japanese white pines outstanding garden trees.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: gold, burgundy, variegated
Great Color Partners: silver, dark green, blue
Culture NotesJapanese white pine grows best in full sun to light or open shade. It prefers well-drained or sandy soil, but will tolerate clay if the drainage is adequate. Once established it is completely drought tolerant. The roots are tolerant of restricted zones making it great for patio planters and large containers. Little pruning is needed to maintain its twisted habit, remove dead, broken or poorly formed limbs. New growth can be broken in half or pinched out to create a denser more compact tree.
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Plant Type: pyramidal conifer
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8
Flower Color: none
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade
Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established