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Chinese White Pine Pinus armandi

Other Common Name(s):

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PY-nus ar-MOND-ee-eye
Description

An uncommon plant with massive cones and long lush blue-green needles. The cones' size weighs down the branches.  The crown of the Chinese White Pine is conical (cone-shaped) in young trees with whorled branches.  As the tree ages, the crown becomes rounded and the branches irregular.  

Chinese White Pine has both pollen and seed cones.  The greenish-white pollen cones can be found at the base of new shoots.  The conical-cylindric-shaped seed cones are green when young, and mature to brown after dispersing the seeds.

Insect, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  This tree is susceptible to wind damage.  Few insects or diseases problems exist; it is more likely to be affected by heavy (clay) soils.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#deciduous#wildlife plant#moths#conifer#air pollution tolerant#deer resistant#nighttime garden#pollinator plant#larval host plant#moth larvae#wind damage prone#imperial moth
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#deciduous#wildlife plant#moths#conifer#air pollution tolerant#deer resistant#nighttime garden#pollinator plant#larval host plant#moth larvae#wind damage prone#imperial moth
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pinus
    Species:
    armandi
    Family:
    Pinaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant supports Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis) larvae which have one brood per season and appear from April-October in the south. Adult Imperial Moths do not feed.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 30 ft. 0 in. - 50 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Habit/Form:
    Pyramidal
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
    Flower Description:
    4 to 8 in. broad cones
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Glossy green needles in bundles of 5
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Black
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Red/Burgundy
    Bark Description:
    The bark is smooth. It will become platy and fissured, turning brown to gray-red-brown. Develops scale with age.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Nighttime Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Moths
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer