Species

Pinus sylvestris

Common Name(s)

Scots pine

Authority

Pinus sylvestris L.

Family

Pinaceae

Flora Category

Vascular - Exotic

NVS Species Code

PINSYL

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Structural Class

Gymnosperm Trees & Shrubs

Habitat

Terrestrial.

Features

Medium sized tree reaching about 35 m. Needles are stout 2.5-7 cm by 1-1.5 mm, in bunches of 2, grey-green to blue-green in colour, and twisted. New shoots are light yellow to light brown. Mature female cones are pendent 3-6 by 1.5-3 cm, light brownish grey.

Similar Taxa

Short needles held in pairs, foliage has silvery appearance. Small cones without spikes, shed annually. Similar to P. mugo and P. unciniata but in P. sylvestris the cones are held on short stalks.

Flower Colours

No Flowers

Year Naturalised

1919

Origin

Europe, W. and N. Asia

Reason For Introduction
Forestry

Life Cycle Comments
Perennial

Dispersal
wind

This page last updated on 29 Mar 2010