Sunday, July 22, 2012

Dalmatian black pine #1 has come a long way

Dalmatian balck pine, Pins nigra dalmatica. This is an extremely rare species. There are only a few ten thousand of these trees on the Dalamatian islands in Croatia left. This tree comes from a nursery that breeds these trees to plant most of them out into nature.

Everybody knows Pinus nigra austriaca. Well, the austriaca has very long and coarse needles. The dalmatica has very short and rather soft needles. It almsot feels like a mugo pine. It is the best black pine for bonasi in my eyes. But this is only theoretical. So far there are none available.

This particular tree has come a long way in five years. In the beginning it was not really very exiting other than being P.n.dalmatica. By now it seems that it has show potential soon. I will twist the tree counter clock wise for one hour in the pot next April. The last image shows the future position. The pot is by Klaudia form Germany.


Steve Moore said...

Looking very good. From what you say about the variety, I wish it were more widely available.

Anonymous said...

Is the Dalmatian subspecies as winter-hardy as the Austrian one?

Walter Pall said...

Well, it survived one of the hardest winter in the past hundred years totally unprotected outside without problems.

Wolfgang said...

Fantastic development of this tree!

Anonymous said...

Do you mean outside-in-the-glass-house or outside-outside?

I'm asking because I had a dalmatian variety of black pine for four years. It was doing great until the fourth spring, when it ... turned brown.

So, as a precaution, I recommend glass house over the winter.

Walter Pall said...

I mean outside-outside. It had minus 18°C for two consecutive weeks and then the warmest March in history and then a few late frosts. It was the toughest winter that I have experienced in more than 30 years doing bonsai.

And the black pine stood in the garden unprotected and survived very well.