What Is An Italian Stone Pine? - Knowledgebase Question

Question by HeatherMcVic
December 13, 1999
My husband purchased a pair of decorated Italian Stone Pinetree seedlings from a charity. The tag on the trees told us very little about this tree. I was hoping you could fill us in a little on the care the tree needs, its size, etc.

Answer from NGA
December 13, 1999


Pinus pinea, Italian Stone Pine, is native to Southern Europe and Turkey. It is the source of pine nuts (pignolias) used in cooking. It grows at a moderate rate to 40-80 feet tall. When young, it's usually a bushy round shape; later it has a thick trunk with many umbrella shaped branches; in old age, it's more flat-topped. Cones are glossy, 4-6 inches in size and chestnut brown. This is a hardy pine that prefers full sun, withstands heat and aridity (note its native ground) when established. My reference says this tree appears in many Renaissance paintings; is excellent in beach gardens, but becomes too large for small gardens. Care for it as you would any pine, and it should perform well for you. Good luck!

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