Culture: Grow in fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates some light afternoon shade and some drought. Salt tolerant.
Characteristics: Japanese black pine is noted for its whitish terminal buds that provide interesting contrast with its dark green foliage. In optimum growing conditions, this tree will grow in a generally conical form to 100′ tall, spreading somewhat irregularly with age. In cultivation, it is more often seen in the 20-60′ tall range. Needles (to 4.5″ long) in bundles of two are an attractive dark green. Young foliage candles are upright. Oval, brown cones to 2.5″ long. As the tree ages, bark turns dark purplish-gray and fissures into plates. Zones 5 to 8.