Norfolk Island Pine Trees

Norfolk Island Pine

Zone Ottawa, IL 61350 | Anonymous added on September 22, 2018 | Answered

I love the Norfolk Island Pine tree and found a seller on ebay in Hawaii who sold the seeds. I ordered, germinated and planted the seeds in my greenhouse. I am writing to you today because one of the germinated seeds is growing and is a bit unusual. This particular Norfolk Island plant has no pigment or color. It is absolutely white. I figured it would just die but I left it alone to let nature take its course. I am shocked and pleased to report this plant is getting its second set of leaves just like the others. I did a few minutes of research on Google to see if albino plants was even possible. Apparently, albinoism does occur in plants but I have found nothing about this condition regarding Norfolk Island Pine trees. Have you ever seen this before? Photo attached.

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Answered on September 23, 2018

That is interesting... Typically these will die off due to lack of chlorophyll, as this is their way of completing the Krebs cycle. Keep an eye on it, and see if it eventually produces normal leaves. I would expect this tree to be short-lived, though.

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