General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 25 to 50 feet, to 70 feet
Plant Spread: 25 to 50 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Japanese White Pine

  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 23, 2019 2:45 PM concerning plant:
    This soft pine species is from Japan. It has soft, bluish or grass green needles in bundles of 5 that are about 1 1/4 to 2.5 inches long that form brush-like tufts at the ends of branches. The bark like other white pines starts as smooth and gray but matures to dark gray and platy and then later to brown and scaly. The female cones are about 1.5 to 4 inches long, cylindrical with scales that spread out widely and remain about 6 to 7 years on trees. This pine does have an irregular habit with wide spreading branches, and it eventually develops a flat-topped head. It is slow growing. I've only seen a few at arboretums, estates, and professional landscapes, and it is sold only at larger, diverse nurseries or plant specialty nurseries, and it is expensive to buy. My biggest customer and plant enthusiast in southeast Pennsylvania has two young trees in her yard full of many uncommon plants.

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