Pinus thunbergii

Pinus thunbergii 'Kotobuki'

Pinus thunbergii ‘Kotobuki’


Pinus thunbergii 'Shirome  Janome'

Pinus thunbergii ‘Shirome Janome’


Pinus thunbergii 'Thunderhead'

Pinus thunbergii ‘Thunderhead’

(Revised 12 Feb 2014)
Pinus thunbergii (common name Japanese black pine) is native to Japan and Korea. It is a popular bonsai subject in Japan and the Western world. I did try Pinus thunbergii many years ago. They all died of neglect in poor soil condition. I am determined to try again starting with a couple of relatively common cultivars, and hope they fare better this time. It is probably the most ornamental dark green needle pine in my garden.

Pinus thunbergii ‘Kotobuki’

I am not that keen on its tight upright habit, but I do like the dark green colour. I am hoping to train it to show more ‘open’ structure with time. It seems to be suffering from some die back disease; probably will not survive through more than a couple of years.

Pinus thunbergii ‘Shirome Janome’

This is supposed to be a ‘variegated’ thunbergii, but the variegation is minimal.

Pinus thunbergii ‘Thunderhead’

This is a popular Pinus thunbergii cultivar for good reason. I t can be trained to have good artistic structure for garden design purposes; might take some time.

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