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Scots Pine

Scotts Pine TreePinus sylvestris

Scots pine is the most widely distributed of all pine species. It grows in natural stands form Scotland across Europe to Asia. At maturity, they can reach a height of between 50 and 100 feet. The largest Scots pine measured in the U.S. is in Michigan and is 64 feet tall and 15 feet, 6 inches in circumference.

Though not native to the U.S. or Canada, it has been widely planted and naturalized in some areas. It is an excellent wildlife tree and many of us have enjoyed its beauty and fragrance as a Christmas tree.

This particular tree was started from a seed given to Dr. Wommack by an alumnus of the NAU School of Forestry. The alumnus was touring China in 1985 and while standing on the Great Wall of China, picked a cone from a nearby Scots pine tree.

For more information on Scots Pine, visit the links below:

Virginia Tech Department of Forestry
UConn Plant Database
North Carolina State University Plant Fact Sheet



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