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Pinus wallichiana

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An elegant large tree, Pinus wallichiana has beautiful, soft, blue, five-needled leaves and once established, banana-shaped cones up to 25 cm in length. The bark is smooth and grey coloured on young trees, becoming darker and cracked as the tree matures.

Supplied Size: 4L containers (30 - 40 cm tall)

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Pinus wallichiana | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pinus wallichiana | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pinus wallichiana | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
4 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.
Hardiness: Hardy and tolerant of atmospheric pollution.
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Pinus wallichiana grows to be a medium sized or eventually large, broadly conical tree.
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: up to 10 m (32 ft)

Notes: This tree is particularly tolerant of urban areas. We have an established specimen of Pinus wallichiana, planted in the woodland garden surrounding our nursery. At 10 years old it had reached a height of 3 m (10 ft) and a spread of 2 m (6 ft).

Although today known as the Bhutan Pine, Pinus wallichiana actually grows throughout the Himalayas from the Karakoram and Hindu Kush mountains of Eastern Afghanistan, across Northern India, through Bhutan and onwards into Yunnan, South West China.

All but one pine species have two, three or five needles, according to species and these groups of needles can be folded together to form a cylinder.

The Bhutan pine is named in honour of Dr. Nathaniel Wallich M.D., F.R.As.S., (1786 ? 1854), a Dane who in 1807 became a surgeon to the Danish East Indian settlement at Serampore, India. When this was taken over by the British he became a member of the East India Company and in 1815 became superintendent of Calcutta Botanical Gardens.

In 1820, along with Dr. Carey, he wrote the 'Flora Indica' along with a supplement, the 'Tentamen Florae Nepalensis Illustratae' and during his life, he described and collected an astonishing 8,000 species of plants!

Extract from an information poster in our arboretum

Plant Finder: about Pinus wallichiana

Common names

Himalayan pine, Bhutan pine, Blue pine, Pine


Pinus wallichiana (Himalayan pine). This is a beautiful pine which will grow tall and wide-spreading. The 5 sheath needles are about 6-8 inches long and blue-green. It will produce cones about 7-12 inches long.


They will grow in a wide range of conditions, they are wind resistant and will thrive on soils of moderate to low fertility which are well drained.

Interest and use

Specimen, ornamental fruit.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Pinus wallichiana | Rackenford, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium, Poor quality
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
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