Leaves. The needles
of the Japanese Black Pine are very dark green, of the two
needle type, 3.25" long, rigid, thick, sharply pointed and
twisted. The needles last from 3 to 5 years. . Probably the
darkest green of all the northern pines.
Fruit. The cones of
the Japanese Black pine are 1.5-3" long and 1-1.75" wide, some
what prickly and light brown.
Winter Buds. The
buds are .25 to .5" long and as usual for pines form at tip of
Bark. Mature trunks
on Japanese black pines have broad, dark fissured plates with a
bit of yellow similar to Austrian Pine.
Wood. The wood is
light, soft with wide rings as with any of the fast growing
Pests. The pine
wilt nematode is a problem on the east coast.
Native to Japan and Korea. Commonly planted along the eastern
Other. A well known
tree to the banzai enthusiast. Can be trained into some
spectacular forms. The Japanese Black Pine is also a fine
specimen tree as it pretty much grows whatever way it pleases.
We have them available as larger container grown trees or as
smaller seedlings. The seedlings are UPS shippable, larger ones
have to be picked up here at the farm.