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2012 Picture of the Week (43/52) – Japanese Black Pine Tree

The Japanese black pine tree is one of the most recognizable trees from Japan.  It’s famous, in fact.  It’s one of the primary trees used in bonsai.  This tree is also the official city tree of Fujisawa, which is where I live.  You can see them everywhere along the coast.  They’re very tough trees, and they can withstand the strong winds and blowing sands that come off the beach.  They’re excellent at blocking sand from reaching further inland, as well.  These trees can grow quite tall, but they’re also commonly seen as small trees.  In Tsujido Kaihin Park, there are plenty of Japanese black pines.  You’ll know them when you see them, as they don’t exactly grow straight up.  This picture shows the trunks of a grove of Japanese black pine trees.

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The trees tend to bend away from the beach, which is the direction the wind comes from.

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