Japanese Black Pine Trees For Your Garden
The Japanese black pine trees are specimen trees that are grown in Japanese gardens. These trees have large needles that grow about 3 to 4 inches in length. These needles are dark green in color and survive for over 3 to 4 years. The tree is medium-sized and has a pyramidal shape that is quite irregular. It has very unique buds that are about ½ to ¾ inches in length. These buds have a characteristic silver color. The Japanese black pine trees, sometimes known as simply “Black Pine,” grows naturally around the coastal areas of Japan and South Korea. It is a popular horticultural tree because of its natural resistance to pollutants. A Japanese black pine can grow up to 40 meters (131 feet) in its native range, but rarely reaches this height outside its natural habitat. Its thick bark turns nearly black as it ages, beginning as a light gray color when the tree is young. The tree’s needles grow in pairs of two, with a white-colored sheath at the base of growth. In appearance, the tree has been described as elegant, interesting, strong, and stoic.
The tree grows in full sun and survives acidic soil pH of 5 to 6.5. The trees grows best in soil that has rich mineral content, moisture, and is well-drained. These trees can adapt to different soils like beach sand. Therefore, it can grow very well along the beaches of New York and the sandy soil and saltwater sprays of California dessert. The hardy tree is grown in Zone 5. With proper watering, the tree can grow about four feet per year.