Any Japanese White pine makes a striking landscape statement wherever it's used. It’s known for a dense, conical form that, with age, develops into a 25 to 50-foot-tall, graceful tree with an equal or greater spread. But there is a cultivar of the Japanese white pine that is truly stunning and it’s called Pinus parviflora 'Glauca', or Blue Japanese White Pine. The twisting blue-green needles and abundant cones makes this artistic, open growing pine a standout specimen especially in the small garden, and when mature, this tree develops a flat-topped head with wide spreading branches for year-round beauty. And the striking blue/green tufts of foliage at branch tips are quite lovely. Additionally there are the brownish-red cones, which are one to four inches long and persist on the tree for six to seven years. Its size would fit in all but the smallest gardens and it will thrive in full sun and average moisture with good drainage. It doesn't like extremes of heat but will do well throughout the UK, the upper US and lower Ontario and British Columbia in Canada as well as temperate Australia and New Zealand.

Blue Japanese white pine


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