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Leo in NE Illinois

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JBP - 'Hokuro'
« on: October 12, 2013, 07:19 PM »
Picked up a JBP, a grafted cultivar labelled 'Hokuro'. It was sold as a cork barked JBP. Anyone familiar with this cultivar? What can I expect? Right now it is young, no part of it is old enough to have developed bark.

Quick or slow to cork up?
Yatsubusa or normal?

Needles are currently about 3 inches long. About average for JBP.

Anyone?
 

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Re: JBP - 'Hokuro'
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2013, 01:51 PM »
I am wondering if Hokuro is a mis-spelling, or mis-transliteration from Japanese of Hoko Kuro Matsu? Or a cultivar with just the name 'Ho'

Anyone know anything about cultivars running around under these names?
 

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Re: JBP - 'Hokuro'
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2013, 03:38 PM »
The only place I have seen this variety identified is at Wee Tree. No idea what it is.
 

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Re: JBP - 'Hokuro'
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2013, 02:17 AM »
Thanks John, that is where I got it. I guess time will tell, was just hoping someone knew more. If you haven't heard of it, then it is either a newly released cultivar, or a very rarely imported into the USA cultivar. I will email Wee Tree and see what they say about it. They list it as a cork bark variety, but I know how sometimes vendors get wrong info in spite of their best efforts. I will post here if I find out anything more. In the mean time, if anyone reading this does know about this one, please do comment. Thanks
 

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Re: JBP - 'Hokuro'
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2013, 07:24 AM »
Leo, Diane will be able to fill you in on the tree.
 

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Re: JBP - 'Hakuho'
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2013, 09:42 PM »
No wonder nobody knows anything about this cultivar, it is really spelled 'Hakuho'

I did hear from Diane at Wee Tree. She spent some time trying to track down info.

Here is what she said her source said;

"received Pinus thunbergii ‘Hakuho’ from Joe Harris at Iseli Nursery in Boring, OR. several years ago. He had a nice cork bark plant ‘(Hakuho’) that he displayed at a meeting of the Western Region of the American Conifer Society. I was awed by the plant and asked if he had any smaller ones for sale. He gave me one in a #3 nursery pot from the stock beds there at Iseli Nsy. I only know that it is somewhat squat and has spreading branches, on an upright habit and of course has corky bark. <snip.....snip> I have not not tried to root it or air-layer it, so cannot answer those questions.  I too have noticed that there is not much information available about this pine. Perhaps it is also known by another name."

So, at least it was a proven cork bark cultivar, and what I am seeing agrees with the observation that it is upright, and spreads wide. It is robust, more so than Ondae or Nishiki Tsukasa, with thick needles, but the needles are no longer than the others, just thicker in diameter, about 4 inches.

So if anyone else knows anything more, now that I corrected the spelling, please post.

I'm liking it so far, but still too young to see any sign of corking. (2nd year graft).