Excellent specimen tree for bark interest, showing bark color on 1.5-2" dia. branches. Branches may break under snow. Attacked by many pine-targeting insects, with perhaps the Zimmerman Moth, the Pine Shoot Moth, and the Bud Moth being the most significant threat.
This species is outstanding for its landscape interest, making a uniquely picturesque specimen. 'Umbraculifera' is an interesting dwarf cultivar, with a spreading, umbrella-like head and can be grown as a shrub or small tree. The flaky, orange-red bark of this plant is quite attractive.
'Vanderwolf's Pyramid' is a vigorous grower with a strongly upright form and is common in the nursery trade. Large taproot makes it difficult to transplant once established. Generally low maintenance with few problems, but is susceptible to White Pine Blister Rust. Decaying needles acidify soil beneath (to about pH 4.5), which suppresses growth of other plant species.
Often confused with the Swiss Pine (Pinus cembra), the Korean Pine is a slow growing evergreen tree, native to eastern Asia. Pinus koraiensis is noted for its adaptability to many different environments and cold hardy. Its dark green needles have two white stomatal lines which gives the overall color of the needle a blue green. When young, the branching is tight and very pyramidal, which relaxes with age to a more loose pyramidal habit.