Pinus parviflora 'Hillieri' / Hillier's Japanese white pine

Pinus parviflora 'Hillieri' is narrow, dwarf, upright, tree form of Japanese white pine with dense, irregular, branching and congested, blue-green foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4 feet (1.3 m) tall and 1 foot (30 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm).

[ Buchholz Nursery ] 'Hillieri' evokes an "ancient" look at a young age. Prefers full sun in well-drained soil.

This cultivar is rarely mentioned in botanical literature. One can presume that it was selected and named by Hillier Nurseries, United Kingdom and that it was named prior to 1959. Since this conifer is often seen listed as 'Hillier', some doubt exists as to when it was named and introduced to the nursery trade.

Pinus parviflora 'Hillieri' in Dawes Arboretum, Newark, Ohio. This specimen looks to have been pruned when young, but now being allowed to grow unabated.
Photo by Steve Duggins