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Pinus cembra

Swiss stone pine

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Features

  • BloomsMay
  • Height12m to 28m
  • Spread6m to 8m
  • Growth HabitPyramidal
  • Flower ColourYellow purple
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades

Description

Pinus cembra (Swiss stone pine). This is a pyramidal tree it is extremely slow growing. The 5 sheath needles are about 3-5 inches long and dark green. The cones are 3in long and oval.

Characteristics

Needled evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Arolla pine, Swiss pine, Pine

Origin

Alps of Europe

Interest and use

Specimen. Year-round interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium, Poor quality
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

Seed sown in autumn or spring (but forms selected for leaf colour do not come true). Evergreen current growth cuttings in autumn to spring. Deciduous softwood cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Honey fungus may be a problem; young plants are more susceptible. Conifer spinning mite may cause defoliation.

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