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Scotch Pine
Pinus sylvestris           

Wildlife Value

Pines are nearly as important as oaks.  All parts of the tree are used or eaten.  Pine seeds are especially important for food.  Bark harbors insects that woodpeckers, sapsuckers, and nuthatches eat.  Introduced from Europe.

Growth form pyramidal to ovoid
Crown density open
Size 40 to 65' high
20 to 40' spread
Drought
resistance
very good
Cold hardiness very good
Growth rate rapid
Life span long
Elevation
range
to 7,000 feet
Soil
conditions
alkaline tolerance; does well on most soils
Possible insect
problems
tip moths, ips beetles
Possible disease 
problems
fairly resistant
Wildlife value high:  food value for upland game and song birds
Seasonal color evergreen
Miscellany makes an excellent Christmas tree