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Pine - Scotch ( French Dark Green ) / Size 2
Scotch Pine / Pinus French Dark Green

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Product Code: PINSCO2

Pinus sylvestris 'French Dark Green'

Overall Description

Scotch Pine is a very attractive evergreen tree with beautiful, thick, blue / green colored needle foliage. Our "French Dark Green" strain of Scotch Pine is particularly well branched with moderate growth.....resulting in a tighter branching habit, and also has slightly shorter, twisted needles. Common;y grown in large numbers for use as a live, or cut Christmas tree - but is an outstanding landscape choice as well. Makes an excellent specimen planting, as well as performs very, very well when planted in groups.

Scotch Pine is very tolerant of most any soil type, and it's moderate growth rate & mature size makes it a great fit for use as a privacy / windbreak screen. It's hardiness, soil, and drought tolerance also makes it a great choice for use in many areas where other more delicate evergreen species might struggle. Color is a nice blue / green year round, with an orange / brown colored bark being exposed with maturity. Seed source for this particular strain of Scotch Pine is from Gevaudan, France.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 30 - 50 ft ( more towards the lower range in cultivation )

--Mature Width : 20 - 35 ft ( widest at base )

--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 8" - 14" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
3 - 8

--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial sun

--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly sandy - well drained. Will adapt to many soil conditions....even rocky or heavy clay.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen - blue/green colored needles that are shorter then typical Scotch Pine ( usually about 2" - 2 1/4" ) Needles are stiff & rigid.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Cones - seen on trees with age & maturity. Cones start in late spring / early summer as a light green color. and ripen in mid fall to a coppery brown color. Cone shape is typical of most pine species.

--Diseases / Insects :
Very few pests / diseases are associated with this variety. Occasional inspection for pine beetle, or caterpillar is suggested.

--Recommended Spacing :
Spacing of 6 - 7 feet apart for privacy / windbreak use - recommended to be planted in staggered rows for optimum blockage / screening.

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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