Pinus sylvestris at Heath Park

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Pinus sylvestris
early August 2015

Grid reference ST 17759 79631
Common name Scots pine
Origin Europe to NE Asia
Deciduous No
Height 19M August 2016
Girth 235cm August 2015
Reference 268

This tree is on the south eastern edge of the car park and is shown of the 1950 and 1952 aerial photographs as being a mature tree at that time.

Pinus sylvestris bark

Pinus sylvestris bark covered in ivy
August 2015

Pinus sylvestris foliage

Pinus sylvestris foliage
early August 2015

General tree description

Pinus sylvestris is the only Pine native to Britain. It is a large tree, up to around 36 metres tall, often with a single stem and a conical top that flattens out in maturity. The bark is reddish when young, but with age it develops mauve or purple rugged plates on the lower trunk and becomes orange-pink at the top of the tree. The leaves are needles in pairs, grey- or blue-green, twisted, thick and quite short (5 to 7cm long). The cones are woody, slim and 5 to 8cm long.