Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pinus parviflora

Japanese White Pine is one of the most beautiful evergreens possible.  I noticed ours again today as I was covering potted shrubs for the winter near our specimen which has been doing fine in a frost pocket in Thetford Center, VT for about 40 years.  It gets about 20 to 30 feet rather than 60 to 100 feet which many evergreens get to, and it has a picturesque (wildswept) look - we call that "Japanesey". I noticed today that two sprays, each two feet long had 20 and 30 cones each: that makes it very "coney".  Several severe winters when it probably got 30 to 40 below zero, the needles turned brown in the spring but it came back

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