Pinus thunbergii (syn. P. thunbergiana)
Japanese black pine
A tall timber tree in Japan but on campus usually dwarfed or quaintly shaped. It has two twisted, green needles to the bundle and the 3-inch cones are not prickly. Conspicuous silky white candles adorn the tree in winter.
See it at Mechanical Engineering (Building 500) at the southmost doorway on Lasuen Mall (location), and just outside both ears of the Oval: two in the juniper bed at the northwest corner of Lathrop Library (location), and one on Lomita Drive near the northeast corner of Herrin Labs (location).
Past specimen locations include the south end of Lathrop Library, where there were several; north of the Bookstore; and the northeast corner of Dinkelspiel Auditorium.
In Palo Alto a specimen at 1290 Cedar Street, near the corner of Hopkins Avenue, was removed 2016.
Name derivation: Pinus – Latin for pine; thunbergii – after Carl Thunberg (1743–1828), Dutch physician and botanist who introduced many Japanese plants to Europe.
About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. All locations verified: Palo Alto location (and removal) added, most campus locations indicated as no more, GSB updated to Lathrop Library, new locations at NW Lathrop Library and Lomita Drive added (Sairus Patel, Jan 2019).