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Weeping Japanese red pine

Scientific name: Pinus densiflora 'Pendula'

Type:Groundcovers evergreen
Plant Requirements
Zone:4 to 8
Sun:Full sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:2 ft
Width:5 ft
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description Weeping Japanese Red Pine is sold in the industry as cascading form of pine that can either be allowed to run along as a groundcover or staked initially to form a small arching tree. Handsome, bright green needles are attractive year round and complement the orange-colored bark perfectly.

This weeping conifer grows 2’ tall and up to 5 wide if it has been initially staked. It features bright green needles (4” long) set in bundles of two. The branches are crooked and covered with a beautiful orange-colored bark. On a good site this plant can put on 12”- 16” of new growth each year.

The tree prefers a site with full sun and a well-drained, slightly acid soil. Avoid heavy clay soils. As the lower branches are held nearly horizontal on the trunk forming a picturesque silhouette in the landscape, it is typically thought of as specimen plant. Landscapers often plant it near large boulders.

Pest free for the most part.
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