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Japanese Black Pine Bonsai
How to Care for Your Japanese Black Pine Bonsai The Japanese Black Pine bonsai requires full exposure to sunlight, so it could thrive well.


Black pine is a strong tree that responds well to the techniques used in the creation of bonsai. Working with black pine is a balancing act and its growth characteristic is such that it needs ongoing and careful maintenance in order to stay in bonsai trim.

Japanese Black Pine trees (Pinus thunbergii) have many characteristics that make them suitable for bonsai. The bark, which is a charcoal-grey colour, becomes deeply fissured in fairly young trees, conveying the impression of age. The branches also thicken quite quickly.

Japanese Black Pine
Pruned Japanese Black Pines in Japanese National Garden, Tokyo
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Japanese Black Pine Bonsai
As one of the 110 species included in the Pinus genus, the Japanese Black Pine bonsai tree is known by the scientific name of Pinus thunbergii. This beautiful plant is characterized by delicate needle-like green leaves that always grow together in pairs.

I discourage beginners from working with Black Pine, Pinus thunbergii, because it takes so long, and you need to know so much just to begin. I started with Black Pine, ignorant of this fact and massacred a lot of plants learning how, even with John Naka's book, Bonsai Techniques I.

Stout and robust exemplifies black pine bonsai. This specimen is in excellent health and of excellent quality.
This is an old pine, but it is not quite mature as a bonsai. In time the foliage will greatly increase in densiy and the tree will take on a more elegant quality.

Black Pines:
Removing old needles in autumn.
Thinning out new needles from March to November.

Black Pine - Pinus thunbergii
General Information: An excellent, small, irregularly-shaped Pine, the size and shape of Japanese Black Pine is variable reaching a height of 25 feet and a spread of 20 to 35 feet.

Black Pine Bonsai
The maintenance of this type of Bonsai has three primary elements, which include the selection of the bud, the pinching of the candle, and the plucking of the needles. For the overall development of this tree, each of these elements is crucial.
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Old needle removal & wiring
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The new black pine candles are starting to push-
The flowers of a choke cherry-
The first flush of new growth on a very old pomegranate- ...

Japanese Black Pine are one of the most classic Pine outdoor bonsai species. They are very vigorous trees that reach impressive heights in the wild. This species is very tolerant of poor soil conditions, growing naturally in barren, stony soils.

Japanese Black Pine, two needles
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It seems that the Black Pine is more dominant in its above ground response whereas the Mugho is more dominant in its root response.

When I looked at more animal damage on my Japanese Black Pine I became very frustrated! These were some of my oldest and rarest varieties of JBP. When I first moved into North Carolina the first trees into the ground were these Blacks. Over the past few years I would lose a tree or two a year.

Such pine bonsai as Japanese Black Pine, Japanese Red Pine, Corkbark
Pine, and Five Needle Pine are extraordinary beauties with small size and neat
branches and leaves. How can you create this kind of bonsai?
You need to apply bud pruning twice when making a pine bonsai. New ...

English name: Japanese Black Pine
Description: Kuromatsu is seen mainly in seaside areas on Japan's main island of Honshu and to the west. Kuromatsu is called ''omatsu'' (male pine) because of its rough bark and its hard and sharp leaves.

They are generally styled very simply with a twist or two onto the trunk and are invariably grafted onto the stronger Black Pine base. Some varieties have very dense needle growth while others have very short needle clusters.

How to Repot a Young Japanese Black Pine
I have been growing Japanese black pine bonsai from seed for the past 17 years. During this time, I've done a lot of repotting. This past January, it dawned on me that I had to repot almost 50 young pines. Very few needed rep...
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A black pine with a thick, strong trunk in the formal upright style would be best suited to a strong angular bonsai pot, such as a square or rectangle bonsai pot with the absolute minimum of decorations or fancy feet.

Pinus thunbergii; Japanese black pine
This is a very old kuromatsu bonsai.
It appeared in a collection of bonsai photos about 80 years ago,
and it's estimated to be about 250 years old in all! ...

Some old favorites for bonsai specimens are Sargent juniper (Juniperus chinensis 'Sargentii'), Japanese black pine (Pinus thunbergiana), Japanese wisteria (Wisteria floribunda), Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis), Japanese flowering cherry (Prunus yedoensis), ...

Hello i completed the questionaire survey thing to see which tree is best for me and where i live(houston texas)and the juniper was recomended but i was wondering about other trees the ones i had in mind were trident maple, redwood, and japanese black pine...

If you water them too much they can either develop root rot, as in the case of the Japanese black pine which is very sensitive, or they can start to grow excessively and become harder to care for.

52. Needle - a type of leaf that is narrow and usually of a stiff texture, like those found on a black pine tree.
53. New wood - a stem or twig on a bonsai that originated during the current season's growth.

There are a few options that could be good for starters, such as the Chinese elm and the Japanese black pine. Keep also in mind that any tree can become a bonsai, but details like leave size should be thought about. A lot of people prefer trees with small leaves, because are easier to model.

Any of various mostly needle-leaved or scale-leaved, chiefly evergreen, cone-bearing gymnospermous trees or shrubs such as pines, spruces, and firs.
Popular bonsai subjects such as Juniper, Japanese Black Pine, and Cedar are conifers. Redwood species are occasionally used.
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Trees are often said to be masculine or feminine; Japanese maples are feminine (slender, curved trunks with a smooth bark and finely cut, delicate branching and leaves), and black pines are masculine (squat, chunky trunks with craggy bark and solid, dense branching). You get the idea.

A frequent match for bonsai grafting is: a five-needle pine "scion" grafted onto a Japanese black pine "root-stock."
Why Is It More Desirable? - Grafting techniques are often applied at bonsai nurseries for reproducing large numbers of a desirable species.

The only time you are likely to encounter a grafted tree in Bonsai is if you buy such a tree for conversion, or with some Pine and Maples verieties that do better on a more vigourous rootstock, White pine (Pinus parviflora) is put onto the more robust black pine roots.

In milder climates some pines may show two growth flushes a year, while in most northern areas of the United States only one growth spurt is likely. Under ideal conditions, Japanese black pine, Jack pine, and Lodgepole pine may show two separate growths a year.

See also: See also: Bonsai, Tree, Japanese, Trunk, Growing

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