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Pinus lambertiana

Sugar pine

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Features

  • Height25m to 60m
  • Spread8m to 15m
  • Growth HabitPyramidal
  • Leaf ColourVarious

Description

Pinus lambertiana (Sugar pine). This is the worlds tallest pine, it is a large species, the 5 sheath needles are about 3-4 inches long dark bluish green with silvery lines. The cones are about 10-20 inches long and cylindrical.

Characteristics

Needled evergreen, Conifer or Tree

Other common names

Pine

Origin

Oregon down through Baja California

Interest and use

Many species have ornamental fruit. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilLight, 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 , you can propagate from seeds or grafting.

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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