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Pinus densiflora 'Alice Verkade'

Japanese red pine

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen tree

Feature

Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

A small bright green dome with packed-tight needles, 'Alice Verkade' is initially slow growing, reaching just 90cm high and wide after ten years, but eventually it will spread out and reach head height. Grow it in a rock garden, and move it out when it gets too big, replacing it with another young one. Good alternatives include 'Jane Kluis' and 'Low Grow', the latter verging on yellow-green.

Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Pinus

Species: densiflora

Cultivar: Alice Verkade

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 180cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to plant: October to March


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