Losing Trees: Japanese Black Pine, ‘Hachi-Gen’

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I went through a big Corkbark black pine phase, it has waned, but not before I generated enough material to write a book on them. Hmmmm…maybe one day.

This Hachi-Gen was one of about 8 cultivars I worked with. I bought it because it was cutting-grown. It came from Brent Walston’s Evergreen Gardenworks. Here is the description from his catalog:

Pinus thunbergii ‘Hachi Gen’ (Cork Bark Black Pine) We obtained this cultivar from Ken Sugimoto. As with many Nishiki cultivars, there is a problem with the naming. We are giving it the name supplied by Ken Sugimoto, but we have not been able to find it described in any text. It was reported to us that one Japanese company has it listed as ‘Hachi Gen Kyokko’, but it does not appear to be related to the well known cultivar ‘Kyokko’. It has needles shorter than ‘Kyokko’ and it does…

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