Pinus parviflora 'Gimborn's Ideal' / Gimborn's Ideal Japanese white pine

Pinus parviflora 'Gimborn's Ideal' is a slow-growing, irregular, narrow-pyramidal selection of Japanese White Pine with dense branching and long, fine, curved needles that are silver-Blue in early spring, gradually turning dark, steel-Blue by late summer and throughout winter. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and 3 feet (1 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm). Like all Japanese pines, this conifer is very easy to keep at a manageable size trough a process of candling and aesthetic pruning.

This cultivar originated as a unique specimen selected in the 1950s at the van Gimborn Estate, Doorn, The Netherlands.

Pinus parviflora 'Gimborn's Ideal' Photo copyright of The Wildlife & Conifer Garden Donated by Don and Nonda Surrat, Ohio, USA.
Photo by Nonda Surrat
A 12-year-old plant in Brunswick, ME, 2013.
Photo by Sean Callahan
This year's cones and last (at right) of Pinus parviflora Gimborn's Ideal.
Photo by Sean Callahan
A 12-year-old Pinus parviflora Gimborn's Ideal in Brunswick, ME, 2013
Photo by Sean Callahan