#083 Dragon's Eye Pine (Pinus densiflora)

Also known as the Japanese Red Pine, this Dragon’s Eye Pine was planted in the 1970s by Herbert Hechenbleikner, a biology professor who founded the UNCC Botanical Gardens. He was also a good friend of the VanLandingham family, which in the 1960s allowed the VanLandingham grounds to be converted into a living laboratory for UNCC. All of the original Treasure Trees onsite -- #078, #079, #080, #081, #082, #083 -- were planted in the early 1970s under Hechenbleikner’s direction. This Dragon’s Eye Pine is located directly next to the old carriage house onsite.

Statistics (1997/2020)

  • Circumference (In.): 33"/34"
  • Height (Ft.): 25'/30'
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 18'/23'
  • Total Points: 63/70

More Information

  • Nominated By: Mark Gilleskie
  • Year Added: 1997
  • Owned By: VLE Partners LLC
  • Current condition: Good
  • Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood
  • Property Type: Private
  • Nearest Address: Private Property
  • Ecological Value: The twisting trunk resting on the carriage house may seem problematic but Dragon’s Eye Pine trees are known to lean and develop twisting trunks with age.