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Pinus nigra subsp nigra

Black pine

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen tree


Cones, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Adrian Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (40609)

Plant details

This is a broad, cone-shaped, mid-green conifer with thick needle-covered branches. When young, the tree has foliage right down to the ground but as it gets older and the broad top of the tree shades the base, the lower branches need to be removed. It needs quite a large garden to accommodate it, but will tolerate light pruning. It is best grown as an isolated specimen.

Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Pinus

Species: nigra subsp nigra

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Cones, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 2500cm

Spread: 900cm

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