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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.
Cultivar: Aurea Group
Plant type: Evergreen tree
Foliage colour: Golden
Feature: Autumn colour
Sun exposure: Full sun
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: March to May
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