The Japanese Red Pine is the underappreciated relative of the Japanese Black Pine. Like their well-known cousin, this is a two-flush pine which makes it easy to ramify and develop into a stunning bonsai. Japanese Red Pine are known for having needles that are softer to the touch than Japanese Black Pine. Grown from seed at Kaede Bonsai-en, these trees are well established in 2 1/4" containers.
Common Name(s): Japanese Red Pine, Akamatsu
Latin Name: Pinus densiflora
Type: Evergreen Conifer
Native to: Japan, Korea, Eastern China, and extreme southeast Russia
Climate: Hardy in Zones 3-7, the Japanese Red Pine is an excellent alternative to the Japanese Black Pine for those in harsher cold climates.
Care: The Japanese Red Pine will grow vigorously if provided adequate sun, water, and fertilizer. Make sure that the soil is well-draining though, as they do not do well in extremely wet environments.
Notes: This is a pine and the soil is likely to contain mycorrhizae, a beneficial fungus that has a symbiotic relationship with pines. This is a white fungus that occupies the soil that some may mistake for mold or other harmful fungi. Do not fret if you find mycorrhizae in your soil, it is a great sign of soil health!