Japanese Red Pine
A low growing Japanese relative of the scots pine, Pinus 'Low Glow' is a vibrant green cultivar that simply lights up a border.
The eye-catching, starburst-like buds, at the end of each tan coloured branch, help give this mound forming conifer a sparkle and liveliness that make it especially attractive for planting at the front of a border. Growing only a few centimetres each year Pinus 'Low Glow' is extremely well behaved. Its striking green coloured needles are approximately 10cm long, which gives this shrub a spikey, prickly texture but with its mounding, rounded habit it appears gentled and tamed. Ideal as an accent plant in a rock or Japanese garden, it can also be grown as a pot plant for use in a more formal scheme.
A slow growing but eye catching addition with attractive twisted needles that are sure to dazzle.
Plant Type: Conifer
Hardiness: H6 Hardy. Minimum temperature -20 to -15
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 1.2m x W 1.2m (Mature age: 20 years)
Foliage Colour: Green
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: No
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: No
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Soil Type: Clay, Loam, Sandy, Acid, Alkaline
Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Rock Garden, Gravel & Drought Resistant Garden, Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Containers.
Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Pinus 'Low Glow' prefers a location with plenty of light, growing best in full sun and like other pine species it prefers not to be shaded. It will grow in any aspect as long as the light levels are good and performs best of well drained soils that have a regular water supply that drains away easily.
A good location for planting is an open space where it won't have too much competition, such as a rock garden or at the front of a border. Water regularly after planting but once established it will have a degree of drought tolerance. In poorer soils a well balanced fertiliser could be applied in the first growing season, during the spring and summer, to aid establishment.
Pruning is not required and this slow grower will only add 10-15cm of growth each year making it easy to control if needed.