Kinpo Japanese White Pine

Pinus parviflora 'Kinpo'

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Kinpo Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora 'Kinpo') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Kinpo Japanese White Pine

Kinpo Japanese White Pine

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Kinpo Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora 'Kinpo') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Kinpo Japanese White Pine foliage

Kinpo Japanese White Pine foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b


This attractive variety with its irregular bushy mounded form, contributes an Asian aesthetic to the garden; it is a great choice for rock gardens, troughs, and small landscapes; remove spent needles from interior to promote good air circulation

Ornamental Features

Kinpo Japanese White Pine has attractive grayish green foliage. The small needles are highly ornamental and remain grayish green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Kinpo Japanese White Pine is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Kinpo Japanese White Pine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Kinpo Japanese White Pine will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Rock  Garden 
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features