Pinus parviflora 'Blauer Engel' / Blauer Engel Japanese white pine

Pinus parviflora 'Blauer Engel' is slow-growing upright selection of Japanese white pine with layered architectural branching holding fluffy, two-toned, light-blue needles. This plant has arguably the lightest-blue foliage of all of the parvifloras. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 feet tall and 8 feet wide, an annual growth rate of just under 12 inches (30 cm).

This cultivar originated as a color sport found on a specimen of Pinus parviflora 'Glauca' in the early 1990s at Hans Hachmann Nursery, Barmstedt Germany. The English translation of Blauer Engel is "Blue Angel" which is a trade designation that Jeddeloh Farms Nursery of Gresham, Oregon patented in 2003.

Pinus parviflora 'Blauer Engel' at the Jean Iseli Memorial Garden in Boring, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk
Pinus parviflora 'Blauer Engel' — a 2009 accession at the New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, New York (USDA Hardiness Zone 7a); photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss


Monette Weiss

My Blue Angel Japanese White Pine, pinups parviflora Blauer Engel, is losing way for needles this fall, I’m alarmed, I live in NE Ohio. It’s 4 years old and the key specimen plant in my garden. What should I do?
Monette Weiss