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Seedling cuttings US Native pine species
« on: August 30, 2013, 12:49 PM »
I’d like to experiment with growing seedling cuttings  of some US Native pine species.  I’m curious to hear if you have any feedback about species you would recommend?  What native pine species would be in the running for best bark characteristics?  Any native that has something close to the amazing characteristics of JBP?     


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Re: Seedling cuttings US Native pine species
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2013, 03:15 PM »
I really enjoy Pinus Rigida (pitch pine) here in MA/RI. I collected a few lanky ones this past spring. They have been doing well so far!

The trees I collected had mature bark similar to a JBP. They also backbud from old wood like CRAZY. It's a bit annoying when you have to pinch back buds from the same spots on the trunk throughout the growing season.


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Re: Seedling cuttings US Native pine species
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2013, 07:52 PM »
Yenling, your profile says you are in California. There are a huge number of US native pines, and a few Mexican species of pine that will grow well in your climate. Also, California is perfect for growing Japanese Black Pine. I live too far north to have experience, but Pinus radiata, a Monterrey pine should be an excellent bonsai candidate. I also second Pinus rigida. You could also use any of the Pinion pines, one needle or the standard types. What native pines are the local California nurseries that specialize in native plants selling?

Check out the California Native Plant Society.  Look at their species lists.


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Re: Seedling cuttings US Native pine species
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2013, 08:36 PM »
I have grown pinus contorta from seedling cuttings.   They are particularly vigorous here, so no trouble with that method at all.   

I intend to try some pinus radiate aswell.    I would imagine the likes of pinus strobus may be a bit more tricky.


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Re: Seedling cuttings US Native pine species
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2013, 09:27 AM »
I grow Pinus Strobifomis, Southwestern White Pine. Seedlings should be available at Forestfarm and Musser Forests.

The good traits: It grows fast, very vigorous, plenty of backbudding and foliage/bark is attractive. Downside is long needles which take management and the bonsai will ultimately have to be a larger tree. Species is recommended and sold by Brent of Evergreengardenworks.

Use fungicide if your area is humid. I use lime sulphur solution in dormant season and daconil in the growing season, once per month.