Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Scots Pine trees are immensely hardy - surviving the last Ice Age - and will grow almost anywhere. They are particularly tolerant of poor and dry soils and exposed sites, although do not like sea spray. They're conifers, so good screening plants. They're wind pollinated, after which the female flowers turn into cones.
In the Middle Ages a massive pine and birch forest blanketed most of the Highlands, and 4,000 years ago Scots Pine was commonplace in England as well, before being driven out by deciduous trees. Here it was often later planted in clumps on hilltops as a marker tree for drovers' tracks. Pine cones can be used for kindling, and their resin for an antiseptic oil.
Value For Wildlife
As a conifer, they provides helpful cover for birds in the Winter; Coal Tits, Goldcrests, and Crossbills are associated with the tree in particular. Scots Pine also provides for other wildlife, including moth caterpillars, weevils, beetles and Red Squirrels.
Plants For Sale
Provenance certificates are available on request for Scots Pine trees, which are from the Southwest of England.
Suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery
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See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting. These Scots Pine trees are all bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March. During the lifting season there may be up to two weeks delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders for Pinus sylvestris trees placed between March and September are confirmed in October ready for dispatch from November.