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  • Shirome Janome Black Pine Base Size 1 Quart

Shirome Janome Black Pine Base Size 1 Quart

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Botanical Reference: Pinus thunbergii


An upright evergreen conifer with a pyramidal form. Exciting needles are dark green with dazzling golden bands. One of the best of all variegated conifers. Prefers full sun in well-drained soil. 7' tall x 3' wide in 10 years. Hardy to -20 degrees. USDA zone 5-9.


Attribution from The American Conifer Society:

Pinus thunbergii 'Shirome janome' / snake-eye Japanese black pine

RECOMMENDED HARDINESS ZONES:6 (0 to -10 F / -17.8 to -23.3 C)9 (20 to 30 F / -1.1 to -6.7 C)

HORTICULTURAL STATUS: EstablishedORIGIN: UnknownCOLOR: Variegated Yellow or Gold TRINOMIAL TYPE: CultivarGROWTH SHAPE: Conical (Pyramidal)GROWTH SIZE: Large: greater than 12 inches (30 cm) per year / greater than 12 feet (4 m) after 10 years


Pinus thunbergii 'Shirome janome' / snake-eye Japanese black pine

Pinus thunbergii 'Shirome janome' is an upright pyramidal selection of Japanese black pine with open branching, and 2 striking, yellow bands of golden yellow on each otherwise dark-green needle. Simply put, this is a strikingly beautiful pine. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 feet (3 m) tall and 7 feet (2 m) wide, an annual growth rate in excess of 12 inches (30 cm).



This cultivar originated long ago in Japan. Brookside Gardens of Wheaton, Maryland is credited with introducing it to the U.S. nursery trade around 1979. Barry Yinger, an associate of Brookside Gardens traveled extensively in Japan and Korea and is responsible for bringing home many of the colorful Japanese pines we know today.

Shirome janome loosely translated from Japanese means "cold white eyes of the snake." it is also one of eight selections made in 2020 for the popular ACS Collectors' Conifer of the Year program.