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SCOTS PINE Pinus sylvestris
The Scots Pine matures into a stately evergreen with a broad open crown. Once established, it is very fast growing with a very deep drought resistant root system. The orange bark of mature trees provides additional interest. The Scots Pine is seriously under-utilised because it is difficult to handle in the nursery.
Evergreen tree: Height 15m (50ft)
Foliage: Needles up to three inches long are born in bundles of two. They are not nearly as sharp and unfriendly as the spruce needles.
Fruit: Hard 2 inch cones are born over the entire tree. Spent cones can be used as a very attractive mulch in shrub and flower beds.
Comments: Because the Scots pine has a deep root system and it self prunes its lower branches as it matures it blends into the landscape much more readily than the spruces. Lawn and perennials can easily be grown right up to the trunk of this tree.