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Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora) Bonsai Tree

The Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora) is a pine in the white pine group, Pinus subgenus Strobus, native to Japan. It is also known as the Japanese Five Needle Pine (Pinus pentaphylla). It grows to 15–25m in height and is usually as broad as it is tall, forming a wide, dense, conical crown. The leaves are needle-like, in bundles of five, with a length of 5–6cm. The cones are 4–7cm long, with broad, rounded scales; the seeds are 8–11mm long, with a vestigial 2–10mm wing.

Japanese White Pine are a outdoor evergreen tree. Bonsai styles include formal and informal single uprights, cascade, slanting and group plantings.

Position the Japanese White Pine Bonsai in full sun. Japanese White Pine are hardy but as a Bonsai you should protect the trees from extreme cold temperatures and winds.

Due to the slow growing nature of Japanese White Pine, you should be able to repot the tree less frequently than other Bonsai. Use a good, well draining compost, preferably designed for slightly acidic loving plants.

Keep the soil moist at all times but never waterlogged. 

Heavy pruning should take place in early spring or late autumn. Pinching or light pruning during the summer months. Japanese White Pine Bonsai response well to wiring.

Feed every three weeks during the growing season with a general plant feed or add a slow release to the compost.

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