The 8 best pines for the garden: large and small

Pine trees can be planted in the garden

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Is it crazy to have a pine in the garden? Well, it depends on the dimensions of the land, and the species of pine that you want to put. And it is that you have to think that the roots of these trees need a lot of space, and not only that, but they have a lot of strength, enough to break pipes or lift the ground.

But for this very reason, pines for the garden should be chosen very carefully, since there are many different types, many cultivars, and it is not very difficult to find the most suitable for us. These are the ones we recommend.

Manchurian pine (Pinus tabuliformis)

Pinus tabuliformis is an evergreen tree.

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Manchurian pine, or Chinese red pine as it is also known, is an evergreen conifer native to Mongolia and China. It is a tree of exceptional beauty. Reaches a maximum height of 20 meters and with time it develops a flat crown, hence its name table pine.

The leaves are shiny grayish green and are about 17 centimeters long. It is able to withstand frosts down to -20ºCso you won’t have to worry about it in the winter.

luchu pine (Pinus luchuensis)

Pinus luchuensis is an evergreen conifer

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The luchu pine, or Okinawa pine, is an evergreen tree endemic to Japan, where it grows on the coast, a few meters from the sea. Reaches a height of 25 metersand its leaves are needle-like, green.

It is a plant that supports the maritime wind, but also the cold as long as it is not extreme. Moreover, you should know that frost resistant down to -5ºCbut if he goes down, he will need protection.

Pinus cembra ‘Blue mound’

Pinus cembra is a garden pine

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The ‘Blue Mound’ cultivar is an evergreen conifer that only grows up to 4 meters tall. Plus, it has a compact, pyramidal shape, making it ideal for planting in small to medium-sized gardens. The color of its leaves is bluish-green, but new ones grow much lighter green.

It is a variety that grows at a medium rate, it is not very fast. You can do this at the rate of four inches per year, more or less. Also it must be said that withstands frost down to -23ºC.

Pinus cembra ‘Pygmy’

Pinus cembra Pygmaea is a garden pine

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The Pinus cembra pure is a tree that exceeds 20 meters in height and can even reach 25 meters; however, the ‘Pygmaea’ cultivar is much smaller. In reality, is only about 50 centimeters high. And not only that, but it does so at a rate of about 2-3 centimeters per year. It is very slow, but that is also why it is very interesting to put it in a garden, since you can put it wherever you want.

It is resistant to cold, as well as to sub-zero temperatures. It’s more, resistant down to -25ºC.

pinus mugo ‘Corley’s Carpet’

Corley's Mat pinus mugo is small

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The pinus mugo ‘Corley’s Mat’ is a small, compact variety. It is an evergreen shrub with a rounded habit, which just over half a meter high. The leaves are green and about three inches long at most. It is therefore an ideal cultivar to plant in a small garden.

And it is that, as if that were not enough, it resists frost and snowfall without problems, so much so that can be exposed to a temperature of -25ºC without taking any damage.

Pinus strobus Coney Island

Pinus strobus Coney Island is rounded

Image – Flickr/FD Richards // It is the one that is the most in the center of the photo.

The Pinus strobus ‘Coney Island’ is a cultivar of P. strobus which has a more or less rounded shape, and which reaches a height and width of 1 meter. Its leaves are needle-like, like all those of pines, and are four inches long. These are green or glaucous green.

It is very resistant to temperatures up to -25 degrees.

Pinus strobus ‘twisted’

The Pinus strobus Contorta is a tree


The Pinus strobus ‘Contorta’ is a cultivar grown primarily in medium to large sized gardens. It is a fast growing evergreen tree that can reach 12 meters in height. Its leaves are green and about four inches long.

As its crown is wide at the base, it is important that it is planted away from other trees and palms, as well as other plants that need sun, otherwise it will probably not survive. Regarding its hardiness, you should know that withstands down to -20ºC.

Pinus strobus ‘Nana’

The Pinus strobus ‘Nana’ is a cultivar which, at most, reaches a height of 2.20 meters. But for this, at least twenty years must pass, because it is developing at a rather slow pace. Thus, it is a shrub which acquires the form of a small tree at maturity, and which can be magnificent in a garden.

You also don’t have to worry about frost or snowfall. Withstands temperatures down to -25°C Don’t be upset.

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