|Usage/Symbolism||The Japanese pine (Pinus thunbergii), known as the Japanese black pine, symbolizes long life (kakekotoba). Japanese pines are typically 20-80 feet in height. These trees can be determined by a blackish gray trunk with densely crowded, fine point leaves that are usually a dark green color. Japanese pines are coniferous and live in the temperate zone. Living in this zone, Black pines are resistent to many harsh conditions, such as cold, salt spray, drought and low nutrients.
|Research conducted by:||Steven Shaw, BSA Troop 138