What could be more relaxing than a stroll in the woods? The chirping of the birds, a squirrel, or maybe even a deer and the delicious smell of the forest makes you are out completely. Pines(Lat. Pinus) belong to the most common forest trees in the northern hemisphere. There are many types and varieties with the common characteristic the long needles and beautiful cones. The robust forms with the rough bark and curved stems make these trees striking appearances. For us every reason to grant this plant the designation 'Plant-of-the-World'.
The cones come in all shapes and sizes. Perky upright or hanging gracefully. Each species has its own form.
Not only the female cones are beautiful, but also the anthesis are impressive. Not always obvious, but who has eyes for it, discovers in the spring surprising flowers. Yellow, red or purple and full of pollen!
Not only flowering but also the growth is fascinating. In the spring new needles grow as candles from the plant. This is also the right time when the plant can be pruned. At the time of start that teh needles come out of the 'candle' these can be cut. In a few weeks nothing of the pruning damage will be seen and the plant remains compact.
The wood of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is widely used. It is the famous pine wood used in construction, flooring, boats, etc. The evident grains and knots gives it a lively atmosphere to the interior.
In the garden
The genus Pinus is very diverse and has many growth forms. Especially the dwarf forms as witches' broom found, are widely used. Pinus can not be cloned and be propagated by seed. The culture forms are grafted. It is precisely this culture shapes that are popular and can be applied in almost every garden, see the photos below.