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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7a
Plant Height: usually 30 to 60 feet, to 90 feet in wild in Europe
Plant Spread: usually 30 to 40 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Other: 1.5 to 3 inch long gray to brown cones
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Other: small soft yellow male cones for pollen
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Spring
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

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Posted by yurikashtanov (St.Petersburg, or Sochi, or North Smolensk reg., Russia; Los Frailes, Ecuador - Zone 10a) on Jan 12, 2013 10:51 AM

Typical tree of the Northern hemisphere. Native to Europe and Asia.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 15, 2018 1:08 PM

Scotch or Scots Pine is a common species in its huge native range from Scotland and Norway to Spain to western Asia to northeast Siberia. Its needles are sort of twisted, about 1 to 4 inches long, in clusters of 2, and usually bluish-green, but regular bright green is possible, stiff and sort of prickly. It has pretty bark that is thin, papery, flaking, and orange when younger that develops into gray-brown scaly plates when older. It grows like most pines of about 1.5 feet/year and I think that it lives about 100 to 150 years. It is still commonly grown as a Christmas tree in the US; though Balsam & Frasier Firs are used more. It was commonly planted into landscapes in the Chicago, Illinois area until the 1980's, when Pinewood Nematode started to kill off many. There still are some around in that area. Some other problems of pine moths, pine bark beetles, pine needle cast diseases, etc. can give Scots Pine a hard time in eastern North America. It is still easy to find some growing in various parts of the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeastern US. Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL is not recommending it anymore for landscapes because of some of the problems mentioned. It is a nice, pretty pine tree. It is similar to the Jack and Virginia Pines of eastern North America. In New England and some other northern regions of sandy, acid soils, it has escaped cultivation some.

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