Japanese Five-needle Pine (Pinus Pentaphylla) 10 seeds (#1899)
Very closely related to pinus parviflora. Some taxonomists have split Pinus parviflora into two separate species: Pinus pentaphylla (which is northern) and Pinus himekomatsu (from the south). Sometimes it can be described as Pinus parviflora var. pentaphylla.
This pine originally grows on the Japanese islands. The Pinus pentaphylla is a fully hardy evergreen conifer. Has a light blue-green color.
It grows very slowly and can be brought to the desired shape. That's the reason why this pine is one of the classics among the bonsai and is the most popular garden tree in Japan.
This lovely tree favors full sun and well-drained, humus-rich soil. It fares poorly in extreme heat or cold. Its striking irregular habit suits it for use as a specimen plant, ideal rock garden or bonsai subjects.
Genus - Pinus
Species - Pentaphylla
Common name - Japanese Five-needle Pine
Pre-Treatment - Not-required, but recommended
Hardiness zones - 6 - 9
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Evergreen
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Slow
Soil PH - Acid, neutral
Water requirements - Average, drought tolerant
Landscape uses - Mainly used for bonsai, specimen, decorative Japanese gardens
Seeds can be sown without stratification, but short 3-5 cold and moist period will increase the germination rate.
Before sowing, soak in warm water for 2-3 days. Change water daily.
Mix with sterile sand or vermiculite and keep in air tight bag for 3-5 weeks at +3-+5C (preferably in the fridge).
Sow on surface, cover with 0.5-1 cm of moist soil. Keep moist.
Seeds germinates in 3-4 weeks.