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Pinus sylvestris Aurea Group

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree or Conifer

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Foliage

Blue and Green in Autumn and Summer
Yellow in Spring and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

golden Scots 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

Aurea Group consist of slow-growing, small, evergreen trees, the foliage bright golden-yellow in winter and spring, later dull blue-green

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. Good winter colour

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Coastal 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