This grafted Japanese White Pine (Pinus pentaphylla) is a very elegant tree with its slightly more slender, tapering trunkline. The needles of Japanese white pines or five needle pines, as they are also known, are also the softest of the Japanese pines, hence they are known as feminine pines. This feminine appearance is thus complemented by the trunk. However this is not a young tree. It is evident from the beautiful bark that this tree has long been cultivated as a bonsai in skilled hands. The already dense and ramified foliage pads give this white pine immense volume and presence for a tree of this size. It is also the fact that they have 5 needles in a cluster, rather than two, that results in these trees appearing full.
The tree has been repotted into a grey bonsai container from the world famous Yixing area in China.
This Japanese Miyajima Goyomatsu Japanese White Pine was imported in 2015 from Takamatsu prefecture in Japan.
The browning of some of the needles was due to the spray it was subjected to when it was imported, to pass the numerous inspections by representatives of the Dept of Agriculture. The needles at that time were very juvenile and sensitive. The tree has recovered well and these needles are now being replaced by new needles. If you are seriously interested in this tree, please let me know so I can send you some more recent photographs.
Measurements exclude the container.