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Low Glow Japanese Red Pine

Pinus densiflora 'Low Glow'

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun

Hardiness Zone:  5a


The short, thick and bright green needles on this low growing variety keep their color all year long; its flat topped appearance is due to unusual horizontal growth of its branches; a perfect low accent for borders or in the garden

Low Glow Japanese Red Pine (Pinus densiflora 'Low Glow') at Hicks Nurseries

Ornamental Features

Low Glow Japanese Red Pine has attractive light green foliage. The needles are highly ornamental and remain light green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Low Glow Japanese Red Pine (Pinus densiflora 'Low Glow') at Hicks Nurseries

Landscape Attributes

Low Glow Japanese Red Pine is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Low Glow Japanese Red Pine (Pinus densiflora 'Low Glow') at Hicks Nurseries

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Low Glow Japanese Red Pine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Low Glow Japanese Red Pine will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn’t necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.