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Cultural Details for Pinus parviflora 'Glauca Brevifolia'

Common Name:
Short Needled Blue Japanese White Pine

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:
25-50' or greater spread at maturity

Flower Details:

Fruit Details:
Cones terminal, almost sessile, horizontally spreading, ovoid to cylindrical, 1.5-4" long, spreading widely when ripe, remaining 6-7 yrs on tree, scales few, wedge-shaped, thick, brownish red, scale-end undulated, slightly incurved, cones heavily in youth

Fall Color:
Bluish green, sometimes grass green with 3-4 stomatic bands on inner sides of needles

Bark Details:
On young trees smooth, gray, eventually becoming darker gray and platy, scaly on old trunks

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:

Native Habitat:
Japan. Introduced 1861.

Other Features:
Primarily an accent or character plant; extremely graceful small conifer whose low stature and fine-textured foliage make it a perfect tree for small places; good for the sea coast as it is salt tolerant; artistic growth habit

Culture and Care:
Full sun, average moisture; good drainage essential; tolerant of most soils, even clay loam; salt tolerant

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.