Pinus sylvestris 'Aurea Group'

Scots pine

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Plant type

Evergreen tree


Autumn colour



Skill level


photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (170283)

Plant details

Although it is a close relative of the native Scots pine, this decorative form looks nothing like it. As a young tree, it forms a loose, conical shape with foliage right down to the ground. During summer this is green, but after the first good frost it turns bright gold and keeps its colour until the new growth appears in spring. This makes the variety a useful plant for winter colour in a heather bed or with low ground-hugging evergreens such as Gaultheria procumbens. It ultimately makes quite a tall tree. It prefers a well-drained, slightly acidic soil. To see it at its best, plant in a sunny situation where it will have a dark evergreen background in winter. It is tolerant of dry and infertile soils. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Pinus

Species: sylvestris

Cultivar: Aurea Group

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Autumn colour

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1500cm

Spread: 700cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

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