About This Plant

Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is a coniferous evergreen tree native to Europe and parts of Asia. It is renowned for its distinctive orange-brown bark, slender needles in pairs, and cone-shaped cones. Scots pines have historical significance for their use in producing resin, which was collected from them for various purposes, including as a source of pitch and turpentine. Additionally, these trees are highly valued for their timber in construction and woodworking.

The Story


The leaves of Pinus sylvestris are needle-like and borne in clusters of two. These needles are slender, measuring approximately 1.5 to 3 inches in length. They are characterised by a bright green colour and have a distinctively twisted appearance.


Scots Pine produces oval-shaped cones. These cones are typically small to medium-sized and can measure between 3 to 7 centimetres in length. The cones feature a woody texture and are brown in colour. Each cone contains a number of seeds tucked between the cone scales. The seeds are winged, allowing for wind dispersal.
Home » Attractions » The Arboretum » Features » Scots Pine