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Chinese White Pine / Pinus armandii

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Product Code: PINCHW1

Pinus armandii - 'Chinese White Pine'

Overall Description

Pinus armandii ( Chinese White Pine ) was discovered in its native land of China back in the late 1800's - mainly in the Yunnan province. Named for David Armand, a French missionary who worked extensively in that region of China. A rather large, full sized tree in its wild state, but is expected to remain much shorter / smaller in a cultivated landscape setting. Bonsai use will definitely dictate that overall size & shape of this tree if used for that purpose.

Chinese White Pine makes a wonderful bonsai specimen, and has a very irregular branching habit as it ages. Young trees are mostly conical in shape, unless trained otherwise. It does best in loamy soils that drain well but, as previously mentioned, will adapt to a wide variety of :"less than ideal" soil conditions - just try to avoid soils or location that do not drain well. Excessive water / moisture around roots will cause a long term problem. Needle coloration is a nice green color, with a whitish sliver undertone. Very beautiful coloration for a pine specimen.

Uses include bonsai, screening & borders, as well as planted either singly or in small groups as an accent or specimen planting.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 50 - 80 ft ( more towards the lower range in cultivation )

--Mature Width : 20 - 25 ft ( widest at base, but crown becomes wide as well with maturity )

--Growth Rate :
Moderate to Fast ( 10" - 12" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
5 - 8

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun ( tolerates some light afternoon shade)

--Soil Preference :
Average fertile soil - well drained. Will adapt to many soil conditions....even rocky or heavy clay over time. Avoid soils & locations that do not drain well

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen - green colored needles with a silvery blue / white undertone. Needles range in length from 4 - 5 inches, and are present bundles of 5

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Cones - seen on trees with age & maturity. Cones start in late spring / early summer as a light green color. and ripen in mid fall to a coppery brown color. Cone shape is typical of most pine species.

--Diseases / Insects :
Very few pests / diseases are associated with this variety. Occasional inspection for pine beetle, or caterpillar is suggested.

--Recommended Spacing :
No specific spacing guidelines for this pine variety - but borders / windbreaks / screens would require a spacing of about 8 ft apart, while bonsai specimens would be treated much differently, especially if container grown

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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