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The Monterey Pine, Pinus radiata, is one of the loveliest pines to look at when it is mature. The young plants are Christmas tree shaped but they rocket up by close to a metre a year. Old trees have a loose branch structure with dense, shaggy heads of long needles that give it a statuesque, billowing cloud appearance. Most conifers tend to lose their lowest branches as they mature and go bald from the waist down, but Monterey Pines do not. They are known for their habit of holding onto their large clusters of cones for several years and small side branches sometimes break under the weight of all the old cones. The mature bark has beautiful vertical light and dark ripples.
The Monterey Pine grows best in the South West or in seaside locations, as it enjoys wind but hates the cold.
You can also buy Scots Pine trees from our nursery which grow in less clement conditions.
Growing Monterey Pine Trees
Your trees are not very cold hardy, so we do not recommend them for the North or Scotland - choose Scots Pine instead. Apart from that, they will do well anywhere apart from chalky soil (Austrian pine is the one for chalk) or polluted areas. They love exposed sites on the coast and mature trees are immune to even the worst droughts.
Your trees will reach about 35 metres.
Monterey pines are native to California and the Guadeloupe islands. David Douglas sent the first seeds back to Chiswick in 1832.
Bonemeal is an organic, slow release fertiliser with some Nitrogen and a good supply of Phosporous & Calcium. Pack sizes 1.25Kg & 5Kg
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