Pinus thunbergii var. corticosa 'Taihei'

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Pinus thunbergii var. corticosa 'Taihei'

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  The Queen of the corticosa black pines with extreme cork bark fans, clothed in slender light green needles and crowned with pearl-tipped
  branch buds is named Taihei, the Japanese nishiki aristocrat that can grow upright at a rate of 8-16 inches a year if she has a mind to. Nishiki black pine have thick deep fissured corky bark. Taihei is a bit slow to cork-up here in the Pacific NW even with full sun exposure. Bark activity eventually shows on all the branch internodal spaces of the sixth or seventh year of growth. As time progresses she will really begin to impress as the bark gradually develops on the lower trunk as well. The 'river water cork' wings grow longitudinally on three or four pathways up the trunkline and out along all the branching. Every growing season beyond eight years adds more height, thickness and length to the wings so eventually they extend outward from the trunk and branch surfaces one to two inches in a continuous flow along those longitudinal lines with some sections randomly twisting artistically out of alignment.  A thirty year old Taihei is an incredible sight to behold! The photos illustrate this incredible growth pattern. Twelve old bark can be seen in photo #2. The top photo is of our original 10 year old Taihei purchased from my friend Mr. Matsubara in 1992 with the photo here taken in 2002 illustrating 20 year old bark. And it just gets better from here on out! Graft unions are meticulously created at the root crown so cork bark appears at the surface root spread. All kuro matsu respond well to pruning and shaping making them wonderful focal points in the landscape or the container/bonsai garden. In ten years 9'H x 6'W.  Full sun.  Zone 5

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