Pinus densiflora 'Low Glow' / Low Glow Japanese red pine

Pinus densiflora 'Low Glow' is a dwarf, low-growing mound of short, bright, yellowish-green foliage. Growth tends to be more outward than upward. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 16 inches (40 cm) tall and 24 inches (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 1 to 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom seedling selected in the mid-1980s by Dr. Sidney Waxman of University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA. It is possible that this is hybrid between Pinus thunbergii × densiflora. The cultivar name was first published in International Plant Propagators Society Bulletin.

'Low Glow' is a perfect little conifer for lighting up the foreground of the garden or conifer collection.

Pinus densiflora 'Low Glow' — a well-maintained mature specimen in a private garden in Maryland, USA.
Photo by Alan Twohig
Pinus densiflora 'Low Glow'
Photo by David Marsh
Pinus densiflora 'Low Glow' growing in the ACS Reference Garden, Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR.
Photo by David Olszyk


Ken Campbell

Any suggestions of where I might buy a Pinus densiflora 'Low Glow'? I live in Grand Rapids, MI and am prepared to drive a ways to pick one up; or pay for reasonable shipping costs.