Q. I need advice about planting a Tanyosho pine: Pinus densiflora ‘Umbraculifera’.
The mature size of 'Tanyosho' pine is 10 to 20 feet tall (possible reaching a height of 15 feet in 30 years) with, potentially, a spread of 15 to 25 feet. Since your available space is 25 feet, it may not be possible to plant more than one of these specimens in front of your house. This tree is often used for bonsai, which would be the occasion for root pruning. Most specimen trees look best if not pruned to control growth (if your plant won't conveniently fit the available space, it"s usually best to find something that will fit) but rather to enhance the health and appearance of the tree. In the case of the 'Tanyosho' pine you will have seen online pictures of specimens that have had lowest growth removed in order to show the interesting bark of multi-stemmed trees.
As far as purchasing the tree, it would be best (if possible) to purchase your plant from a nursery where you can select the specimen you prefer.
- I have had a tanyosho pine planted since 2004 and its grown much bigger than the landscape company said it would. So, I want to trim it back but don't know how or how much I can trim off at one time and what tool is best to use for this trimming.
- Linda please submit your question to the Ask PHS database where our volunteers will see your question and suggest solutions. They will NOT easily see it when the question is submitted as a comment. It's just a quirky thing about this system which we hope will improve in the next version of the software. Thanks!