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Conifer Tree, Southern Scotch Pine

The Conifer, Southern Scotch Pine is more warm climate tolerant since the seed source is either Macedonia (Greek) or Spain. The Scotch Pine is a lovely pine widely used throughout North America as a landscape pine and commercially grown as a Christmas tree. The Scotch Pine is the most common Christmas tree in the U.S.! It has an excellent survival rate and is easy to replant. It is an extremely hardy species which is adaptable to a wide variety of soils and sites. Scotch Pine has bluish-green foliage and peeling orange-brown bark that’s highly ornamental. This pine is also known for its stiff, durable branches. The species is also valued as an ornamental and landscape plant and has been widely planted in parks and gardens. Scotch Pines are useful for windbreaks, either on their own or as part of a mixed planting.

It is known for its tolerance of poor soils that may be sandy, rocky, or even heavy clay. The Scotch Pine does best in well-drained soils and is adaptable to nearly all climates. It is a hardy tree that grows rapidly for a pine tree and tolerates prolonged drought. It will thrive on neglect even in full sun. Because it survives on poor droughty sites, Scotch Pine has been used to control erosion in many areas.


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Plant Details +

Size 12-18"
Height Maximum of 60-70'
Spacing 30-40'
Hardiness Zones 3-9
Exposure Sun
Vigor Fast growing
Foliage Green

General Information +

Botanical: Pinus sylvestris

Common: Conifer, Southern Scotch Pine

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: It tolerates a variety of soils and conditions. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Add generous amounts of peat but no fertilizer when planting. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. Fast growing