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Pinus radiata (Monterey Pine)

Pinus radiata (Monterey Pine)
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Type Tree, Conifer, Evergreen
Form Low Growing or Spreading Plant, Architectural Form
Size Medium Sized Tree (3 to 8m height)
Colours Dark green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy, Seaside Friendly
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Pinus radiata - Cultivation Notes

The hardy pine prefers a poorer well drained, sandy soil on neutral to acid (not chalky) soil. Plant in an open sunny shade free position including any cold and exposured spots. Don’t prune unless for shape or to removing dead weak wood

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Pinus radiata:

  • Ornamental winter bark / tracery
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Pinus radiata

  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Pinus radiata:

  • Fast growing evergreen plant ideal for screening
  • Plant for extreme coastal screening
  • Added winter interest from attractive bark or stems

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