Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Gymnosperms
The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.
Medium tree, reaching 50 m with a smooth trunk. Needles are in bunches of 5, 4-13 cm by 0.5-0.7 mm, green above, bluish below and broadly triangular in cross section. Mature cones are slender and elongated (3-5 by 7-16 cm), cylindrical and hanging.
P. strobus can be easily distinguished from any other naturalised pine in NZ by the mainly smooth trunk, the needles in bunches of 5, and elongated soft cones. The cultivated Pinus wallichiana is very similar but has glabrous shoots and longer needles and cones than P. strobus.
Perennial; reproduces by wind dispersed seed.
Eastern N. America
Reason for introduction
The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme team at Biosecurity New Zealand, a branch of Ministry for Primary Industries, has produced this wilding conifer quick ID guide.