Which mature pine is this?

severnsideMay 17, 2014

I see three of these around the same size at a Welsh industrial estate. They have the scrubby look of mugo pine rather than the fullness of the commonly planted Contorta but I'm not sure they can grow this large (30ft?)




Male cones

Female cones


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gardener365(5b Illinois USA)

It looks like it's fox-tailing so I'll take a stab that it's Pinus balfouriana.


    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 5:24AM
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Another Pinus contorta, just part of the natural variation in the species.


    Bookmark   May 18, 2014 at 8:47AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Specimen is not mature, of course, as it still has the youthful growth habit stage and the species grows much bigger than this.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2014 at 2:51PM
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Dax - If there is even one Pinus balfourina species tree growing in the UK to this size I would be very suprised. I'd love a dwarf one though.

Resin - You knew even as you wrote it that I would wince. Alas the universal Contorta curse. I will keep looking for the biggest mugos.

BBoy - my bad, I said that in the hope it was mugo which would be very mature at this size. As a Contorta it is fairly young still.

Thanks everyone.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2014 at 6:27PM
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Another one

Pinus radiata?

    Bookmark   May 20, 2014 at 10:33AM
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