Pinus densiflora 'Golden Ghost' / Golden Ghost Japanese red pine

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.

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Pinus densiflora 'Golden Ghost'— a small specimen in a garden setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Pinus densiflora 'Golden Ghost'— a closeup of foliage detail. Notice the coloration at the center of the needle cluster.
Photo by Bill Barger

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