Thunderhead Japanese Black Pine

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Flowers aren't the only plant that can make your landscape turn heads. The Thunderhead Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii 'Thunderhead') will make an astonishing focal point in your garden!

The upright dense growth and neatly arranged needles that fill the branching of this Black Pine variety have been beloved for centuries for their impressive growth. Often trained into Bonsai, Japanese Black Pine thrives in some harsh conditions and even coastal environments with ease.

The dark bark is gray as the tree forms spreading canopies at maturity, growing into a smaller 8-10 foot tall and 12-15 foot wide large shrub or small tree with pruning and training. Growing best in USDA hardiness zones 6 to 9, these trees produce small pine cones that birds seek out for food.

Planting and Application:

Because of the Black Pines' resistance to urban environments, pollution, and salt, it is a popular lawn and landscaping tree. In Japan, Thunderhead is widely used as a dramatic garden specimen in a Rock Garden, and your meditation garden will benefit from a calming steady evergreen presence. Front or backyard in the sun, use Thunderhead as a focal point in a destination garden, or formal garden accent on a raised berm.

A stellar privacy screen, the dense bottlebrush needles provide sound dampening, slow wind, and screen out prying eyes without overtaking your yard! Surround seating areas and patios with unique year-round greenery and form without the work.

This unorthodox, compact evergreen will show its dark green foliage all year round. Then in the winter season, you can expect its silvery white candles to shine brightly among the powdery snow surrounding it. Go ahead and plant one as a Street tree, or to soften the corners of your home's foundation.

  • Bold & Dramatic Dark Green Presence
  • Dark Green Needles & Silvery White Candles
  • Showy & Unusual Shape & Form
  • Wider Than Tall Canopy - Great Screening & Hedges
  • Impressive Specimen & Year-Round Focal Point

#ProPlantTips for Care:

No need to worry about the quality of soil or too much sun! The Thunderhead Japanese Black Pine flourishes when growing in acidic, well-drained soil and full sun exposure but can handle some dappled shade of the understory. For the first few seasons, watering it regularly will establish a root system that will give the tree a sturdy base. After this maintenance won't be on your mind very often. After it is established, this tree will become rather drought-tolerant. Provide consistent water in the fall and during the winter months if it is dry or these shrubs are exposed to drying icy northern winds. All plants appreciate Nature Hills Root Booster and a 3-4 inch layer of arborist bark chips to support their growth.

  • Full Sun & Partial Sun
  • Well-Drained, Acidic Soil Tolerant
  • Drought-Tolerant Once Established
  • Candle Prune In Early Spring
  • Deer & Rabbit Resistant
  • Easy Maintenance

You'll get caught in a daze with the Thunderhead Japanese Pine in your landscape. Add this show stopper to your list of garden must-haves right away Get yours today at Nature Hills Nursery!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Thunderhead Japanese Black Pine Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Pinus thunbergii 'Thunderhead'
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring