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Pinus parviflora 'Ara kawa'| Japanese white pine 'Negishi' - 75-85cm - 15lt

Pinus parviflora 'Ara kawa'| Japanese white pine 'Negishi' - 75-85cm - 15lt

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Pinus parviflora 'Ara Kawa' is a distinctive cultivar of the Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora), a species native to Japan and the Korean Peninsula. Valued for its ornamental features, 'Ara Kawa' is popular among gardeners, landscapers, and bonsai enthusiasts.

This cultivar is a slow-growing, compact tree or shrub that typically reaches a height of 6 to 10 feet (1.8 to 3 meters) and a spread of 3 to 6 feet (0.9 to 1.8 meters) after about 10 years. The growth rate of 'Ara Kawa' can be further controlled through pruning, making it suitable for various landscape designs and bonsai artistry.

'Ara Kawa' is easily recognized by its dense, irregular branching pattern and striking, contorted trunk. The bark is rough and dark brown with patches of light gray, creating a visually appealing contrast. The tree's overall form is sculptural and reminiscent of driftwood, which adds to its aesthetic value.

The needles of 'Ara Kawa' are arranged in bundles of five, a characteristic shared with other Pinus parviflora species. The needles are soft, slightly twisted, and measure between 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.6 centimeters) in length. They are bluish-green, providing a pleasant color contrast against the darker trunk.

The tree produces small, attractive cones that are 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) long. They are initially green, maturing to a light brown color over time. The cones add to the visual interest of the tree, particularly during the winter months.

It prefers well-drained, slightly acidic soil and should be planted in full sun for optimal growth. Once established, the tree is relatively low-maintenance, requiring only minimal pruning to maintain its shape.

Due to its unique features and adaptability, Pinus parviflora 'Ara Kawa' is an excellent choice for gardens, rockeries, and specimen planting. Its slow growth rate, compact size, and intriguing form also make it a popular choice for bonsai art, where it can be trained and shaped to accentuate its natural beauty.

  • Common Name

    Japanese white pine 'Ara kawa'

  • Family


  • Type

    evergreen shrub

  • Pot Size


  • Native To

    garden origin

  • Flower


  • Foliage

    stiff, slightly twisted, silvery-blue, needle-like leaves, clustered in groups of five

  • Maturation period

    5–10 years

Key Info

Size & Spacing

Mature Height


Mature Width


Shape / habit


Preferred Location


South–facing or West–facing, exposed or sheltered

Soil Type

acid, neutral, full sun

Soil moisture


Growing Period




all year


no fruit

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During this time, we have developed a large stock of trees, mature evergreen shrubs, conifers, Japanese maples, cedars and olives. What sets us apart from a generic garden center is solid unwavering focus on trees and some bigger shrubs. You will find thousands of trees, hundreds of varieties and lots of experts who are working on the nursery and more than willing to help you to choose a plant for you.

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