Ever since I saw my first dragon’s-eye pine over 40 years ago, I was smitten, and throughout the years have been fortunate to collect several different named cultivars with this unique trait where the new needles emerge bicolor white and green. Here is our young specimen of Pinus densiflorus ‘Burke’s Red Variegated’ looking lovely in the gardens this week. This selection of the Japanese red pine, originated as a seedling from Long Island’s Joe Burke, from the cultivar Pinus densiflorus ‘Occulis Draconis’. Hardiness is Zone 5-8.
I have not had great luck with these is 7B Atlanta, though I would love to see one thrive in my garden. Any recommendations re what specific needs/preferences it has? Thank you!!
These should be great in Atlanta. Do you know which species of pine you tried?
All I recall was that it was definitely an Oculus Draconis. I don’t recall more specifics than that. I planted it in very well draining soil with lots of sun. Perhaps it needed more shade?
The most commonly sold of the “Oculus Draconis’ types is Pinus densiflora, which should be great in your climate. Probably worth another try.