Korea, also Amur region of China and Japan.
Pyramidal in youth, oval to rounded in maturity.
Adaptable, but prefers moist, well-drained soils.
Five needle pine with a loose, pyramidal outline; feathered to the ground with branches; often rather broad and irregularly pyramidal. 30-40 feet tall under cultivation, but much larger (over 100 feet) in it's native habitat. Bark is thin, gray or grayish brown, peeling off in irregular flakes, reedish brown beneath. Needles persist for three years. Needles are 2.5 to 4.5 inches long, lustrous dark green to blue green, margins relatively coarse toothed the entire length, leaf sheaths falling quickly. Cones are subterminal, solitary or few-clustered, short stalked; cylindric-conical, apex blunt, 3.5 to 6 inches long, lurid brown when mature, resinous, opening when mature, falling off the stalk. Fine specimen plant; also ideal for hedges or screens.
Needles in fascicles of five, 3.5 to 4.5 inches long. Needles loosely arranged and somewhat stiff. A distinct bluish cast on the needles.
Buds are .5 to .75 inches long, resinous. Scales long and thin with the terminal ones outspread.
Gray-brown in color.
Cone 3.5 to 6 inches long and 2 inches wide.
Seed, cultivars grafted.
'Glauca' - with more blue foliage than the species.