Korean Pine (Pinus koraiensis)

Korean Pine

Extremely durable Korean Pine tree (Pinus koraiensis) is a great choice for areas with tough weather. Wind-resistant, cold-hardy and adaptability are just a few of it’s hallmarks.

Similar to the White Pine, this choice has a well-balanced, pyramidal canopy. However, Korean Pines hold their blue-toned needles for three years.

Planting and Application:

This mid-sized evergreen tree makes an excellent screening plant. It’s recommended by tree experts and shows a rise in popularity as a “tree that should be planted more”.

  • Weave them into existing or new windbreaks to increase biodiversity, which helps protect your overall investment. Plant them 15 feet apart on center; measuring between trunk to trunk of each tree.
  • Stagger a double row for faster privacy screening. Keep the taller Korean Pine at the back…and pop smaller flowering Magnolias on the sunny south side.
  • Korean Pine produces six-inch cones with edible Pine nuts once mature. Much of the world’s supply of these small, nutritious Pine nuts come from this species. Press healthy Pine nut oil, a tonic for digestive disorders which measures high in pinolenic acid.
  • Deer tend to leave them alone, but Korean Pine trees make great shelter for birds. They’ll race you for the nuts…move quickly to harvest your share late in the season!
  • Create a screen along the perimeter of your property with a large-scale hedge planting of Korean Pine. Even a single tree planted in the right spot will provide a wonderful feeling of privacy year-round.

Tips for Care:

Although it is not fussy about clay or sandy soils,you will get the best results if you select a planting site in full sun with well-drained soil. At least six hours of sunlight will provide adequate photosynthesis for energy.

  • As well, you’ll want to provide a regular schedule of supplemental water to keep your tree stress-free. Mulching to a depth of three inches is a good idea; pull it back away from touching the main trunk.
  • Give Korean Pine plenty of space to reach the mature spread. You’ll want to see the lower branches left on the tree in a full, graceful sweep.

Korean Pine (Pinus koraiensis) Details

Common name Korean Pine
Botanical name Pinus koraiensis
Plant type Evergreen
Hardiness zone 4-7
Growth rate Medium
Height 30 - 50 ft.
Width 25 - 35 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well drained
Pollinator-friendly No