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. 'Compact Gem' is a compact, dense, narrowly conical, slow-growing, evergreen, coniferous tree with needle-like, dark green-black leaves and oval, blue cones ripening to pale 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).