Pinus densiflora ‘Golden Ghost’ is a robust, broadly upright selection of Japanese red pine with dense branching and stunning soft needles, variegated with bands of yellow and creamy white. A fairly new plant in the international nursery trade, it is considered among the best of the variegated pines.
After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and 4.5 feet (1.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 – 20 cm).
In spite of being fairly new to cultivation, the cultivar is of unknown origin. It’s earliest mention seems to be from 2003 in the Stanley and Sons catalog.