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Pinus patula AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer or Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Brown in Autumn

Stem

Brown and Red in

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Mexican yellow 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. patula is an evergreen conifer making a medium-sized tree of elegant habit, with slender, drooping bright green needles to 30cm in length, and contrasting reddish bark. Cones curved, to 10cm in length, pale brown

Other common names

  • Mexican weeping pine
  • Patula pine
  • spreading-leaved pine

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil. Frost tender when young so provide some shelter from cold drying winds

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, Coastal or Cottage/Informal Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by adelgids, conifer aphid species, sawfly and pine shoot moth

Diseases

May be subject to various needle cast diseases