Pinus densiflora 'Pendula' / Weeping Japanese Pine

aka 'Shidare-aka-matsu,' Shidare is Japanese for weeping.

Pinus densiflora 'Pendula' is a strongly weeping selection of Japanese Red Pine. Officially regarded as a small tree, 'Pendula' will 8 ft. tall by 5 ft. wide if staked. The stake will determine final height and the branches will eventually reach and cover the ground. Expected annual growth is 6-8 inches, generally outward and downward.

The tree was first recorded by Ernst Mayr in Japan in 1890. This cultivar if pruned and shaped can produce a dramatic effect draping and cascading over rocks.

Pinus densiflora 'Pendula'
Photo by Sandra McLean Cutler
Pinus densiflora 'Pendula' Mature specimen at Secrest Arboretum in Wooster Ohio.
Photo by Bill Barger
Pinus densiflora 'Pendula' The Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers located at Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, MI. Photo taken August of 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Pinus densiflora 'Pendula' at the ACS Reference Garden, Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR. A fine old specimen nestled and cascading over rocks.
Photo by David Olszyk
Pinus densiflora 'Pendula' a close up of the same plant at Oregon Garden.
Photo by David Olszyk