Japanese Red Pine Literati



The most frequent style used for Japanese red pines is bunjin or literati style. This tree possesses all the qualities of a good literati; the delicate and flowing trunkline, the open branch structure and of course the delicate foliage.

When studying this tree your eyes move up the gentle sweep of the trunkline and into the canopy. The canopy is purposefully styled to be more open than say for instance a Japanese black pine. This is part of the story this tree is to tell; one of hardship and survival. The viewer can perhaps imagine a tree which is growing against the side of a mountain in limited soil. As the winds gust down the mountain side into the valley below, the branches have been forced down with the resistance from the needles. Despite the forces of nature that subject this tree to difficulties year in and year out, this red pine has survived.

The branches appear to have been recently set in their current positions. The foliage is quite sparse now also but this is likely due to a recent needle pluck. When the new candles have opened the fullness of the tree will appear greater. For more information about the techniques used to work on these trees please read these blog posts I have written on the subject.

Red pine needles are thinner and softer than the Japanese black pine so are less 'prickly', but these trees grow very easily in most South African climates and they are treated the same way as black pines. 

The pot is a round, dark brown unglazed container from Japan. It is the ideal size for this tree while it is still in development, but in a year or two it may benefit from being transferred to a smaller container which will further enhance the tree and the story it tells. 


(Measurements exclude the container)

Width: 350mm

Depth: 320mm

Height: 450mm

A small reinforced carton is required for shipping due to the weight and size of this tree. This is included in the shipping price.

The display stand and coke tin, used for scale, is not included.

Category: Pines