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French Blue Scotch Pine

Pinus sylvestris 'French Blue'

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French Blue Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris 'French Blue') at Salisbury Greenhouse and Landscaping

French Blue Scotch Pine

French Blue Scotch Pine

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

French Blue Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris 'French Blue') at Salisbury Greenhouse and Landscaping

French Blue Scotch Pine foliage

French Blue Scotch Pine foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  50 feet

Spread:  35 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Scots Pine

Description:

Valued for its picturesque character, vigorous growth and bluish-green foliage, this northern subspecies is a wonderful choice for a landscape accent tree, hardy and vigorous enough as a windbreak

Ornamental Features

French Blue Scotch Pine has attractive bluish-green foliage. The needles are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The shaggy orange bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

French Blue Scotch Pine is an evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

French Blue Scotch Pine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Windbreaks and Shelterbelts

Planting & Growing

French Blue Scotch Pine will grow to be about 50 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 35 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Windbreak 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features