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Genus Pinus is the largest group of conifers in the world, one hundred and thirteen species all evergreen trees or shrubs. It is almost an entirely northern hemisphere genus. There is no fossil record in the southern hemisphere and only one species just crosses the equator in northern Sumatra. Pinus species have attractive bark, developing an irregular outline with age and bearing long needle-like leaves in bundles of two, three or five; conspicuous cones may fall or remain on the tree for years.
Details Hand grafted and propagated at Lime Cross Nursery, Pinus Banksiana ‘Sparky’ is a medium-sized conifer to 15m tall with a slender, conical habit, or, occasionally becoming gnarled and shrubby if grown in poorer soils. The yellowish-green, needle-like leaves in twisted pairs are 2-4cm long.
Soil Type: Normal, heavy clay, light sandy, chalk, loam. Aspect: Full sun. Foliage Type: Evergreen. Foliage Colour: Yellow - green needles. Pot Size: 3 litre. Ultimate Height: 12m. Ultimate Spread: 8m. Growth Rate: 20 - 50 years. Special Attributes: Yellowish-brown cones that are curved at the tips and 3-6cm long, are usually borne in pairs and point forwards along the shoot.