Pinus parviflora (common name Japanese white pine) is native to Japan and Korea. Its needles are similar to those of eastern white pine but shorter and appear more refined. It is a popular bonsai subject for pine. I acquired many Japanese named varieties of Pinus parviflora when I first got interested in conifers many years ago. They do not have distinguishing ornamental characteristics and their labels were lost over the years. I also acquired a batch of Pinus parviflora ‘Glauca’ for potential use as bonsai, but never get around to try. All these were neglected and spread around the garden. I tried to extract the remaining surviving plants from crowded shade around the garden in the last couple of years, and hope to bring a few of them into a presentable shape in a few years. More interesting varieties especially the variegated ones have become available in my area in the last few years.
I think these pines are tough surviving trees but do not develop into nice dense well shape trees in our area, unless extensive pruning was done regularly.
Pinus parviflora ‘Breviflolia’
I have one miserable surviving ‘Breviflolia’ that I am trying to re-train into a presentable tree.
Pinus parviflora ‘Glauca’
I have many poorly shaped surviving ‘Glauca’ rescued from under other trees, but are not likely to establish into presentable form any time soon.
Pinus parviflora ‘Goldilocks’
This is a pretty Pinus parviflora that is very popular.
Pinus parviflora ‘Ogon Janome’
This variegated Pinus parviflora is very delicate looking and highly ornamental; a nice contrast to other longer and coarser needle variegated pine in Pinus densiflora etc.