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Have you ever stared into the eye of a Dragon?

West of Lake Biwa, just below the Japanese Pavillion, is the lair of Pinus densiflora ‘Oculus-draconis’, Dragon’s Eye Pine. The large green and yellow eyes stare back bewitchingly as one gazes down into the branch ends…
This unique pine is native to Japan, Korea and parts of China. A slow grower, Dragon’s Eye can eventually reach 30 feet tall with a spread nearly as wide. It likes full sun, well-drained and slightly acid soil.  
 
Each needle has two yellow bands, giving the clustered foliage an appearance of green and yellow ringed eyes. The bark is made of orangey-red scales becoming grayer and fissured as the dragon ages. Trunks are often crooked lending these trees to bonsai.
 
By Linnea West
Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden News at 6:00 AM

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