Japanese Red Pine
About this Japanese Red Pine
Closely related to the Scots pine, Pinus densiflora is a native to the east, and is perhaps the most common tree in Japan. It is hugely popular as an ornamental tree, particularly in bonsai, and is widely featured in parks and formal gardens.
This specific cultivar, the ‘Umbraculifera’ (also natively called ‘Tanyosho’) is named for its umbrella-like crown shape, and is a slow-growing dwarf cultivar grown as either a small tree or a shrub of up to 4.5 metres. It has distinctive and attractive orange-red bark and long, slender, lush green leaves which are without the glaucous-blue tinge of the Scots Pine.
In its native Japan, as well as being cultivated for ornamental purposes with a strong presence in formal gardens, Pinus densiflora is widely grown for its timber. It has been in cultivation in the UK since 1842, but this cultivar was not described until 1890.
Pinus densiflora ‘Umbraculifera’
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