Pinus densiflora

  • Pinus densiflora 'Burk's Red Variegated' in August

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Pinus densiflora (common name Japanese Red Pine) is native to Japan, Korea and northeastern China.

Pinus densiflora ‘Burk’s Red Variegated’

It has yellowish white band foliage, and can be quite showy. The needles sometimes turn red or brownish in winter, but I have never seen that yet.

Pinus densiflora ‘Golden Ghost’

This may have stronger creamy yellow variegation needle than the famous ‘Dragon’s Eyes’ (Pinus densiflora ‘Oculus Draconis’), but not necessarily more ornamental. It is my favourite golden variegated pine. Its needles seemed to burn easily in winter. I hope this can improve as it establishes in the garden.

Pinus densiflora ‘Oculus Draconis’

This is the classic ‘Dragon’s Eyes’. Although its yellow variegation may not be as strong as that of ‘Golden Ghost’, I like its stronger contrast of dark green and creamy variegation.

Pinus densiflora ‘Umbraculiflora’

I like these small and bright green pines. The are slow growing and did not exceed about 3 m in 12 years. In the nursery trade, it was popular (in the past) to high graft this pine and prune with a flat top (commonly called ‘Table Top’ pine). They appear to be susceptible to annual stem die back here and there in my garden. I have to cut down a few that had become poorly shaped after these die back even though they were more than 12 years old.

Pinus densiflora 'Burk's Red Variegated' in September

Pinus densiflora ‘Burk’s Red Variegated’ in September


Pinus densiflora 'Burk's Red Variegated' in October

Pinus densiflora ‘Burk’s Red Variegated’ in October


Pinus densiflora 'Golden Ghost'

Pinus densiflora ‘Golden Ghost’


Pinus densiflora 'Golden Ghost' in September

Pinus densiflora ‘Golden Ghost’ in September


Pinus densiflora Oculus Draconis' in July

Pinus densiflora Oculus Draconis’ in July


Pinus densiflora 'Umbraculiflora' in August

Pinus densiflora ‘Umbraculiflora’ in August

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