Some times you see a plant's name and go how did they come up with that?
In the case of Pinus thunbergii 'Thunderhead' it's obvious how it got it's name. In the early spring it develops these long white buds, often referred to as candles, that eventually become the new growth of the plant. The candles that form on 'Thunderhead' are exceptionally long and white and may be one of the most striking pines that can be added to your garden.
My new 'Thunderhead' is going to be finding a nice piece of ground to call home latter today.