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Pinus nigra subsp. laricio

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer or Tree

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Foliage

Dark Green and Dark Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Pale Brown in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Corsican pine

Family

Pinaceae


Pinus can be shrubs or large, evergreen trees, some species with attractive bark, developing an irregular outline with age and bearing long needle-like leaves in bundles of 2, 3 or 5; conspicuous cones may fall or remain on the tree for years

P. nigra subsp. laricio is a large evergreen tree to 40m, with an open crown and slender, dark grey-green needles in pairs. Cones ovoid, pale brown

Other common names

  • Corsican pine

Synonym(s)

  • Pinus corsicana hort.
  • Pinus nigra subsp. maritima
  • Pinus nigra var. calabrica
  • Pinus nigra var. corsicana

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil. Suitable for woodland

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Coastal, Hedging/Screens or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by adelgids, aphids, sawflies/sawfly and pine shoot moth

Diseases

May be subject to pine needle cast