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Blue Dwarf Japanese Stone Pine

Pinus pumila 'Blue Dwarf'

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Blue Dwarf Japanese Stone Pine (Pinus pumila 'Blue Dwarf') at Schulte's Greenhouse & Nursery

Pinus pumila 'Blue Dwarf' foliage

Pinus pumila 'Blue Dwarf' foliage

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Blue Dwarf Japanese Stone Pine (Pinus pumila 'Blue Dwarf') at Schulte's Greenhouse & Nursery

Pinus pumila 'Blue Dwarf'

Pinus pumila 'Blue Dwarf'

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Height: 24 inches

Spread: 5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone: 3b

Other Names: Dwarf Siberian Pine


An exceptional compact spreading pine that trails along the ground yet has an upright branching character; distinctive needles have prominent silver stripes for an overall blue effect from a distance; worthy of much greater use

Ornamental Features:

Blue Dwarf Japanese Stone Pine has attractive forest green foliage with silvery blue stripes which emerges light green in spring. The needles are ornamentally significant but remain forest green through the winter. It features showy red catkins along the branches in late spring. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes:

Blue Dwarf Japanese Stone Pine is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Blue Dwarf Japanese Stone Pine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens

Plant Characteristics:

Blue Dwarf Japanese Stone Pine will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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