The Scots Pine grows in acidic, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, wide range, clay soils.
Scots Pine trees are widely used for Christmas trees because of their excellent form and their ability to hold their needles for a long period of time. There are many color variations within the species and some trees are sprayed with green color to make them more attractive as some naturally have brown needles during the winter months. It is also a good tree for reclamation sites because of its re-seeding capabilities.
A beautiful evergreen which is hardy and adaptable to nearly all climates. Can be used as either a windbreak or a single specimen. Grows to 60', 40' spread. (zones 3-7)
Owls prefer roosting and nesting in large conifers such as Scots pine, and many mammals and birds consume pine seeds.
The Scots Pine was widely planted on old farm fields at the turn of the century. Early farmers were familiar with this species from its growth throughout Europe and knew it could tolerate poor, dry soil. Eventually they found that the trees did not mature into the fine timber stands they envisioned, but often stagnated or had twisted trunks. It was the beginning of the realization that seed sources vary widely and must be matched to the planting site. Today, seed sources are selected with care and varieties of Scots Pine are favored to provide the species' best qualities, especially when planting for the Christmas tree market. In the country of Scotland, the name Scots pine is preferred over the use of the term Scotch pine.
Normal moisture requirement, with moderate drought tolerance.
This tree has spiral; two needles; 2 to 4 inches long.
The fruit is oval; 1 to 3 inches long; dry; brown.