Watch for Banshoshos in the Garden

Looking lovely in the gardens this month is the dwarf Japanese black pine, Pinus thunbergii ‘Banshosho’. Our five year old plant is now 2′ tall x 4′ wide. Most catalogs list this Japanese selection as maturing at 3′ tall x 5′ wide, but based on the growth rate we’re seeing, that seems to be quite an underestimate. According to on-line sources, the cultivar name translates to “blackboard book”….hmmm. Hardiness Zone 5-8, at least.

Pinus thunbergii ‘Banshosho’

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