Japanese White Pine Tree
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Japanese White Pine Tree
Japanese White Pine Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-7
  • Spacing: 25-30'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Japanese White Pine

Pinus parviflora

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Japanese White Pine is like a life-sized bonsai tree for your garden.  With its picturesque outline, showy pinecones, and soft-to-the-touch sprays of blue-green needles, this uncommon evergreen conifer will be a piece of living art in your landscape.  Essential in any Asian-inspired garden, Japanese White Pine’s craggy habit also looks particularly handsome complementing the clean and simple lines of a ranch house or a contemporary-style home.  Give this slow-growing specimen room to grow, but be patient.  Just as a masterful bonsai takes years to create, this full-size version needs time to mature as well.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-7
  • Spacing: 25-30'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

Recommended by Our Growers

The Story

Pines have always been revered in Japanese culture as symbols of long life and endurance.  The Japanese White Pine is especially honored, and in Japanese gardens this tree is often painstakingly pruned to appear windswept and old, with certain needles removed one-by-one to give the effect.  John Gould Veitch was the first to introduce this tree to the Western world, in 1861.  He was a fourth-generation nurseryman, and he and his family introduced hundreds of plants to the U.K.  Tuberculosis struck him down, though, at the tender age of 31.

The Details

True Blue…I saw you there all alone…you should be in my yard…where I can take care of you…whoa, whoa, whoooaa! Okay, so it may not be "true blue" but the blue-green needles of this specimen evergreen are tantalizing enough to create visual interest in your garden. Once the Japanese White Pine is mature enough to produce cones - look out! You will have non-stop cone production and always in various stages of cone maturity (baby cones, teenage cones, adult cones, senior citizen cones...). Best suited as a specimen or accent plant and can be planted in small spaces.

How to Grow

Japanese White Pine is a tree of the mountains, so not surprisingly it likes full sun, excellent drainage, and a cool-summer climate.  It will put up with less than perfect conditions, though, and can even tolerate salt, which our own Eastern White Pine cannot abide.  Being a mountain tree, it’s a natural among stonework, so if you have a stone path, patio, or retaining wall, consider finding this tree a place of prominence in your landscape, and the features of “hardscape” and “softscape” will play off of each other beautifully.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 30'
Avg Mature Width 30'
Spacing 25-30'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Blue-green
Fruit Color Brown
Fruit Time Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds No
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

4-5' tall. Grown in our #10 evergreen tree container in this size. Open grower, striking blue needles and unique growth. Pine cones develop all year long.

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Japanese White Pine Tree
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