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Pinus koraiensis

Korean Pine

Pronunciation
PI-nus core-e-EN-sis
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Family
Genus
Nativity

Korea, also Amur region of China and Japan.

Growth Habit

Pyramidal in youth, oval to rounded in maturity.

Hardiness
4
Culture

Adaptable, but prefers moist, well-drained soils.

Facultative Status
Tremendously adaptable
Landscape Use

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.

Foliage

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

Buds are .5 to .75 inches long, resinous. Scales long and thin with the terminal ones outspread.

Bark

Gray-brown in color.

Flower

Not significant.

Fruit

Cone 3.5 to 6 inches long and 2 inches wide.

Propagation

Seed, cultivars grafted.

Pests
None serious.
Cultivars

'Glauca' - with more blue foliage than the species.

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