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 Heldreichii ‘Smidtii' commonly called Bosnian pine, is native to dry limestone soils in mountain areas of the Balkans, Italy and Greece. When young, this tree typically grows in a conical form. Glossy dark green needles in pairs form dense foliage on ascending branches. Cones are bluish-purple, but mature to brown.
Soil Type: Normal, heavy clay, light sandy, chalk, loam. Aspect: Full sun. Foliage Type: Evergreen. Foliage Colour: Dark green needles. Pot Size: 3 litre and 10 litre. Ultimate Height: 1.5m. Ultimate Spread: 1.5m. Growth Rate: 20 - 50 years. Special Attributes: Species name honours Greek botanist Theodor von Heldreich (1822-1902).