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Japanese Black Pine - Pinus Thunbergii

  • Details

    Sunset Zones: 3-12, 14-21

    USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-9

    Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade

    pH Range: Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline

    Soil: Clay, Loam, or Sandy Texture

    Drought Tolerance: Drought tolerant once established

    Growth Rate:  24” to 36” per year

    Growth Habit: Conical Shape

    Height: 25-30ft.

    Width: 20-35ft.

    Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen

    Longevity: More than 150 years

    Litter Issue: Old needles and sheaths dropping.

    Pests and Diseases: Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Aphids, Armillaria.

    Branch Strength: Medium Strong

    Root Damage Potential: Moderate

    Suckering Potential: Low

    Salt Tolerance: Moderate Inland

    Special Care: Acidic amendments while planting and regular acidic fertilizer or compost will help to keep this pine tree growing healthy. Plant in well draining soil to keep fungal diseases out.

    Pruning Advice:

    Watering Advice: Regular watering is best for development.


    Fertilizer: Acidic fertilizer two times a year in Spring and Fall.

    Microclimate: Acidic soil is the main change that you might need to apply to help the tree thrive.