Plant DetailShow Menu

Pinus densiflora 'Oculus-draconis'

Phonetic Spelling
PY-nus den-si-FLO-ra
Description

This dwarf specimen is often grown as a small tree or shrub with an umbrella crown.  The variegated needles have bands of yellow alternating with green.  It appears to resemble the eye of a dragon when viewed from above.   As the tree ages, its bark cracks to reveal orange-colored bark. 

It has an open pendulous habit when young, with age it develops a twisted trunk and flat top, spreading crown, with an irregular form.  Trunks often lean.

The needles may yellow in winter.

 

More information on Pinus densiflora.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#fall color#conifer#bonsai#variegated leaves#deer resistant#picturesque#multitrunked
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#fall color#conifer#bonsai#variegated leaves#deer resistant#picturesque#multitrunked
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pinus
    Species:
    densiflora
    Family:
    Pinaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Grafting
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-trunked
    Open
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Plentiful oval to oblong cones
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    3 to 5 in. slightly twisted variegated needles in bundles of 2. Has 2 yellow bands on each needle that fade in winter
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Bark Description:
    Bark mature to gray-fissured at the base.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Patio
    Woodland
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Foundation Planting
    Mass Planting
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer