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Pinus thunbergiana /Japanese Black Pine

Pinus thunbergiana  / Pinus thunbergiana
Long new growth "candles" in early spring
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Long new growth "candles" in early spring

Typical spreading form for the Japanese black pine

Japanese black pines that have been pruned from the bottom to expose the trunks

"Candles" that indicate the amount of new spring growth

A specimen on the campus of the University of Georgia

Picturesque, older, specimen tree with a sculptural-like form

Catkins bearing the yellow pollen in May

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Scientific Name: Pinus thunbergiana
Common Name: Japanese Black Pine
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Needleleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Fruit present: Fall
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: Average height is about 50 feet, however it can be up to 70 feet tall. It is pyramidal in form and becomes rather irregular as it ages. Good for seashore plantings in that it is tolerant of salt spray, heat and drought. Used as a specimen or accent in the landscape.