A distinctive, charismatic Mediterranean evergreen conifer, eventually reaching a great height with dome shaped dark green canopy and attractive copper-tinted fissured grey bark.
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This tree originated in coastal Mediterranean areas, from Southern Europe through to Palestine, Israel, Lebanon and Syria. It is found on coastal dunes and flats, and also on the lower slopes of hills and mountains up to 600 m above sea level.
The edible seeds of the stone pine, popularly known as ‘pine nuts’, have been enjoyed for thousands of years, and were considered a delicacy by Roman soldiers. Pinus pinea is widely cultivated for a great number of other products and uses, as well as environmental protection such as consolidation of coastal dunes, soil conservation and protection of coastal agricultural crops.
Care & Size Guidance
Pinus pinea can reach 15-20m at maturity, but is reasonably slow growing. Like with most woody species, be sure to plant no deeper than the soil level in the pot it comes with (often called the ‘nursery line’): Allowing extra soil or mulch to accumulate around the trunk base will make it prone to rot and other issues.