Pinus wallichiana

Bhutan pine

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Plant type

Evergreen tree





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photo by Friedrich Strauss, copyright GAP Photos (62139)

Plant details

This is a very elegant, broadly conical, conifer with long, blue-green, pendent needles. The colour is most intense in late spring when the new growth at the tips of the shoots is a shade lighter. The bark is smooth and grey-green on young trees, becoming dark and cracked. When young, the branches reach down to the base of the trunk, but as it gets older the crown of the tree shades the lower branches which die back and should be removed. It needs a large garden to accommodate it, but given enough space, it makes an imposing specimen. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit.

Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Pinus

Species: wallichiana

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Cones

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 3000cm

Spread: 6000cm

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