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Dragon's-eye Pine Pinus densiflora 'Oculus-draconis'

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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.

 

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#evergreen#fall color#conifer#bonsai#variegated foliage#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
    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:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Plentiful oval to oblong cones
  • Leaves:
    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