Pinus sylvestris 'AUREA'

Pinus sylvestris
Pinus sylvestris 'AUREA'
Scots pine
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 2-4m
USUAL WIDTH 2-3m
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:yellow a light green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 3   (down to -40°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Conifers
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Scots pine is a European native pine species, and is native in country, too. The green species makes the most beautiful and at the same time the most bizarre specimens in the wild. Aurea is a variety known already since the 19th century and bears 4-5 cm long needles that are bright golden yellow as they emerge and turn slightly paler in summer. In winter the shade gets a bit more pronounced but can never beat the colour of fresh foliage. Mature needles inside the plant are mid green with bluish overlay.

Scots pine often forms picturesque shapes but Aurea grows much slower and remains quite compact and well-behaved in terms of shape. It is widely pyramidal with only a few branches that might be spoiling the fun – those can be cut off at any time if you wish to have a neat looking plant. It reaches only some 4m in maturity and is therefore suitable for small gardens, too. In spring, when new growths emerge, remove them completely or cut them in half to slow down its growth and to make it even bushier.

Scots pines love insolated locations. Before fully established they like equal moisture but later they take long periods of drought probably best of all pines. The soil has to be well-drained, preferably acidic and moderately fertile. It hates over salting so avoid planting next to busy roads where salt is frequently used in winter. Absolutely hardy to approx. -40°C (USDA zone 3).

Last update 09-01-2013
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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