This imported Japanese Black Pine could probably fall into the leaning trunk category, given that the main branch and apex has definite movement to the right.
Very mature, this tree also has very desirable bark character of the tortoise shell-like appearance. This is a characteristic which is not commonly found, rather many pines and certainly all those I have found grown in South Africa from seed have a flaky bark instead. Not only does this give the viewer the impression of youth but these flakes are easily brushed off when wire is applied.
Branches are also mature with the bark texture extending all the way to the tips. Ramification is well advanced and only further wiring will set the foliage pads in place. Further ramification can be achieved with the typical decandling technique, which you can read more about here.
Needle length can also be controlled with the typical techniques, but being a large tree larger needles will be quite acceptable.
Potted in an economy line Japanese pot, repotting should be done at the next seasonal opportunity.
This Japanese Black Pine was imported in 2016 from the Saitama Prefecture in Japan.
(Measurements exclude the container)
A wooden crate is required for shipping. This is included in the shipping price.
The display stand and coke tin, used for scale, is not included.