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Pinus torreyana

Torrey pine

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Features

  • Height15m to 25m
  • Spread5m to 8m
  • Growth HabitUpright oval
  • Leaf ColourVarious

Description

Pinus torreyana (Torrey pine). This is a coastal species produces 5 sheath needles which are 8-12 inches long and grey green. The cones are about 4-6 inches long.

Characteristics

Needled evergreen, Conifer or Tree

Other common names

Soledad pine, Pine

Origin

Southern California coast

Interest and use

Many species have ornamental fruit. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, 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 , 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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