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Tree Campus: Japanese Black Pine

Tree Campus SCC is a multi-year and interdisciplinary college initiative to document, map, and celebrate the incredible diversity of trees planted on the campus. With over 200 species, Shoreline Community College is an arboreal paradise that deserves to b


Japanese Black Pine

Pinus thunbergii (PINACEAE)



Japan, S. Korea



"European pine shoot moth (Rhyacionia buolinana) frequently kills terminal growth of young trees, resulting in irregularly formed trees. Japanese black pine is also susceptible to red-pine scale (Matsucoccus resinosae)." [1]


Equity: Cultural and Historical Significance

"Niwaki is a term that translates as “sculpted tree”, but the word is also used as a pruning style that is used on most plants grown in a traditional Japanese garden. In Japanese gardens, symbolism is everything. The raked gravel is a representation of the sea, the stones represent the mountinous islands and the trailing juniper the greenery of the main island. The lone Japanese black pine is a stand in for the forest." [2]



"Japanese black pine had been among the best species for planting along Northeastern seashores until about 1990. The species has suffered from insects and diseases and has fallen rapidly in esteem."



[1] (2002). JAPANESE BLACK PINE Pinus thunbergii. USDA NRCS Northeast Plant Materials Program.

[2] Plant of the Week: Pinus thunbergii; Japanese Black Pine. UAEX Cooperative Extension Service.

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