'Glauca' Japanese white pine
Pinus parviflora 'Glauca'
Zone: 6 to 9
Size: 20 feet tall and wide
This tree is a living garden sculpture. It will thrive under just about any garden condition; full sun to full shade, moist to dry soil. It will tolerate some degree of salt exposure; and can be pruned to fit into tight, restricted spaces without losing its character. With its blue-green needles; attractive cones; and twisted, branching structure, 'Glauca' Japanese white pine is a perfect focal point. A trait that is often overlooked is its bark, which is purple-brown and deeply grooved.
Article by Ed Gregan for Fine Gardening, Nov/Dec 2010