Japanese white pine Pinaceae Pinus
parviflora Siebold & Zucc. symbol: PIPA12
Leaf: Evergreen needles in fascicles of 5, 2 to 2 1/2 inches long, often curved or arching, blue-green to green.
Flower: Species is monoecious; males cylindrical, purple ripening to yellow, near branch tip; females yellow to purple, appearing in late spring.
Fruit: A small (2 to 3 inches long), egg-shaped cone with leathery scales, large seeds, ripening in early fall to a reddish brown, remain on the tree for several years.
Twig: Moderate, gray-brown, foliage may appear tufted near ends.
Bark: Gray, shallowly fissured with scaly ridge tops.
Form: A small graceful looking tree that develops a flat topped spreading crown, reaches heights of 40 to 50 feet in the landscape.
Looks like: Swiss stone pine
Additional Range Information: Pinus parviflora is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
External Links: USDA Plants Database - Horticulture Information
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range maps courtesy USGS from USDA "Atlas of United States Trees" by Elbert L. Little, Jr., Vol. 1 (1971) 3 (1976) 4 (1977) 5 (1978)