Tree Information

Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Medium

Dry Soil: High

Lime: High

The only native Pine species to Britain, and proudly recognised as Scotland’s national tree, the Scots Pine stands out prominently with its distinctive two-toned trunk as it matures. At the base, its grey scaly plates transition seamlessly into varying shades of brown, culminating in a radiant molten orange bark near the lush canopy. Although it starts off slow in its early stages, once rooted, it can achieve an impressive growth of up to 70cm annually.

Differing slightly from the Pinus nigra, it’s needles exude subtle shades of blue. Arranged in pairs, these needles twist elegantly, presenting a captivating blend of green and blue hues. Complementing its unique appearance, the tree produces grey-brown cones stemming from its female flowers, nestled within its expansive, almost umbrella-like canopy. Notably resilient, this tree thrives even in the harshest environments. A recent urban landscaping endeavour showcased these trees surrounding a high-rise apartment block, where residents on upper floors with balconies felt connected to the canopy, fostering a tranquil oasis amidst bustling city life.

For those seeing a touch of uniqueness, enquire about the Hillier Windblown Pines. Crafter over years of meticulous training, these trees boast sweeping trunks that offer visually captivating and characterful forms, setting them apart in any landscape.

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Size

Large

10m high x 4m wide after 25 years

Environment

Makes a fantastic coastal tree. Has become naturalised in many areas, particularly heaths and moors.

Canopy

Initially pyramidal but later spreading out and forming an irregular shape. If it has adequate room the lower branches will remain, but with less space the lower branches fade, creating a dominate trunk with a bushy parasol crown at the top.

Foliage

Twisted needles in pairs. Blueish-green in colour.

Bark

Distinguished bark colour which is a striking golden amber at the top by the canopy. The base of the trunk is a mature dark grey which stripe into large scaly plates.

Fruit

Grey-brown cones stemming from female flowers.

Resilience

A tough evergreen tree that thrives within difficult locations and most well drained soil types. Naturally it is found on poorer soils such as sandy barrens and destitute rocky locations, but will not reach its maximum proportions. Will establish in peaty structures and chalk, and tolerant of sea winds

Available As:

Semi-Mature

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