• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Pinus sylvestris

Scots pine

Scots pine

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  • Other common names Scots pine
    Archangel redwood

    Baltic redwood
    Bish apples
    European turpentine
    Norway fir
    Red deal
    Scotch fir
    Scots fir
    Scotch pine
    Yellow deal

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  • Genus Pinus can be shrubs or large, evergreen trees, some species with attractive bark, developing an irregular outline with age and bearing long needle-like leaves in bundles of 2, 3 or 5; conspicuous cones may fall or remain on the tree for years

  • Family Pinaceae / Pinaceae

  • Species P. sylvestris is a large evergreen tree to 25m, with the upper trunk and branches orange-brown, developing a picturesque, irregular outline with maturity. Twisted grey-green needles are borne in pairs. Cones 5cm in length

  • Plant range Eurasia

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Columnar_Upright#Columnar/Upright

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    Higher than 12 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    wider than 8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    20-50 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in any well-drained soil. Can be used in native plantings

Propagation Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance Coastal Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests May be attacked by adelgids, aphids, sawflies/sawfly and pine shoot moth

Diseases May be subject to pine needle cast

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