Pinus parviflora 'Zui sho' / Zui sho Japanese white pine

Pinus parviflora 'Zui sho' is a upright, dwarf selection of Japanese white pine with formal, layered branching and thin, short, light-green needles. Known as a "yatsabusa" pine, 'Zuishou' is well known for producing lots of orange-brown buds, putting it in great favor with Bonsai enthusiasts. After 10 years of growth, mature specimens will average 35 inches (85 cm) tall and 22 inches (55 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 3.5 inches (8.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a named seedling of Pinus parviflora 'Nasu' selected long ago in Japan. Bill Valvanis first described it to western readers in the 1970s in his various Bonsai periodicals.

Pinus parviflora 'Zui sho' — a young specimen in a private garden in Seattle, Washington; USDA Zone 8b / Modified Mediterranean Climate.
Photo by Paula Rothkopf
Pinus parviflora 'Zui sho' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Paula Rothkopf