4 responses to “Pinus thunbergii”

  1. Scott Dilatush

    Pinus thunbergiana is one of my favorite subjects for fancy artistic pruning. Many a time the winds off the ocean have had me swaying back and forth precariously as I anchored myself to the tops of these trees with my crossed legs using the scissor lock and pruning with precision as well at the same time.
    I’ve succeeded in keeping these pines alive much longer than usual by fertilizing them with chicken and cow manure along with fishmeal, crab and lobster meal. Crustaceans have ‘chitin’ within their exoskeletons which kills certain nematodes that contribute to the early death of this particular pine. I spread the manures about 2 to 3 inches thick mainly around the drip line and beyond. The sea fertilizers are scattered in the same area. This type of fertilizing gives these pines a rich luster of a look to the leaves. So far, after 3 decades of fertilizing in this manner, not one of these spoiled pines has died. In my personal observations I’ve noticed variations of nature made forms of this pine that are quite dramatic. One in particular caught my eye and I almost wrecked my truck gawking at this beauty. It was a broad and thick swirling pancake on top of a short and fat semi-gnarly trunk. The windswept appeal sent tingles up and down my spine as I stared longer than I did at Raquel Welch in a Playboy centerfold. That was by far the sexiest tree I’ve ever set my eyes on.
    Come to find out that the Royal Horticulture Society has an Encyclopedia of Conifers which lists 88 cultivars of Pinus thunbergiana. AMAZING ! I wonder which botanical garden in the U.S.A. or Canada has a decent collection of these wonderful trees ?

  2. Ron B

    I haven’t been there in years but as I remember it the one shown is itself a dwarf form – as might be expected in a rock garden.

  3. Tamara Bonnemaison

    The tree shown in the photo is full size – about 8 meters or so in height. It does stand out in the rock garden!

  4. Everette Lovell

    Warm hello! Good for you, enjoy and observe the everyday things. There’s always a surprise in store! Observance is rewarded. I use my passenger time to gawk at everything as I’m moving; still I keep one eye on what’s happening on board. Cute quips. P.S. I most certainly entered that data twice till my thumb’s sore.

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