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Pinus sylvestris

Scots pine

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Plant type

Native tree





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photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (202616)

Plant details

This is a very elegant, broad, cone-shaped, blue-green conifer with long twisted needles hanging in clusters all over the 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 is a very beautiful tree given enough room. It is best grown as an isolated specimen in grass. It has been given an Award of Garden Merit, which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Pinus

Species: sylvestris

Plant type: Native tree

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Cones

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 2500cm

Spread: 900cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

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