Native to Japan, this particular species is a cultivar of the Japanese Red Pine. This handsome, two-needled pine has an orangish-red, flaky bark. The Dragon Eye Pine’s uniqueness comes from its needles, which are marked with two yellow lines and when viewed from above show alternate yellow and green rings. It is especially attractive in late summer and fall. However, don’t expect its appeal to last year round since this tree discolors to a muddied yellow-brown in winter.
Unfortunately, the Dragon Eye Pine died and is currently missing from the tour.