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Tree of the Week - September 6, 2004

Naturally grown Scotch Pine specimenScotch Pine

Pinus sylvestris--Scotch Pine 

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 7 
Height: 50 ft
Spread: 30 ft
Form: irregular 
Type: narrow-leaved evergreen tree 
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches 

Comments: Scotch Pine is a widely planted evergreen with bluish-green foliage that usually turns yellowish-green in winter. Orangish bark, peeling in papery flakes, is visible through the canopy.  It is good choice for a full, dense Christmas tree, as it has excellent needle retention and can be effectively shaped. The tree often sheds its lower branches as it matures. This makes it an attractive accent tree, though not very useful for screening or privacy. The plant will tolerate dry soil. In recent years the tree has been bothered with fatal attacks of pine wood nematode, as well as Zimmerman moth. Therefore, its use in landscapes is not recommended. 

Cultivars: 

'Contorta' - The trunk and branches are twisted. 
'Pumila' - A cultivar that becomes a large, rounded shrub.

Sheared Scotch Pine Christmas tree field

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