Pinus thunbergii (syn. P. thunbergiana)
Japanese black pine
A tall timber tree in Japan but on campus usually dwarfed or quaintly shaped, this pine can be seen at the south end of the Graduate School of Business (where there are several), north of the Bookstore, at the northeast corner of Dinkelspiel Auditorium in company with P. canariensis, and at the Mechanical Engineering (Building 500) doorway on Lasuen Mall. It has two twisted, green needles to the bundle and the four-plus inch–long cones are not prickly. Conspicuous silky white candles adorn the tree in winter.
Name derivation: Pinus – Latin for pine; thunbergii – after Carl Thunberg (1743–1828), Dutch physician and botanist who introduced many Japanes 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. Subsequent light edits by John Rawlings.