Pinus thunbergii 'Thunderhead'

Pinus thunbergii ‘Thunderhead’

This is a compact form of the Japanese Black Pine. It has an irregular growth habit with puffy balls on the ends. It has dense foliage and splendid white candles in spring.

Living Christmas Tree for 2016

Pronunciation: PY-nus thun-BERG-ee-eye

Species Meaning: Named for Carl Peter Thunberg, 19th century Swedish botanist


  • Pinus thunbergii 'Thunderhead'
    Pinus thunbergii 'Thunderhead'

Cultivation Notes

There may some degree of variation in the growth habits of this tree since many people report that it is fast growing. If that is the case, the needles can be snapped after they emerge, and this will effectively stall its growth rate. So far, our tree is 5′ to 6′ tall and has been in the ground for 3 years and the growth rate has been fairly slow.

Additional Information

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected around 1987 by Angelica Nurseries, Massachusetts, USA. It was originally released under the provisional name, [Angelica’s Thunderhead] and at some point the cultivar name became shortened into its present form.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P16002

Found in Face Corner,

Anchors the main path and the path that has yet to be built with the big face.

We acquired this plant from Farmington Gardens.

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Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Pinus

Species: thunbergii

Variety: Thunderhead

Commonly known as: Thunderhead Pine, Japanese Black Pine

Height: 5ft to 10ft

Spread: 5ft to 10ft

Growth Habit:
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Soil Type:
Zn 0 to 6 - too cold for me!

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