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Pinus sylvestris 'French Blue'
French Blue Scots Pine, Scots Pine
Scots pines that bear this name are "blue-needled" forms of southern French origin.
Like all Scots pines, these have stiff, slightly twisted needles that occur in bundles of two. The leaves are tinged a stronger blue than those of most other forms of Scots pine. The dense, shaggy foliage is highly attractive against the scaly cinnamon-colored bark. These moderate-growing, medium-sized trees have conical to oval crowns.
Like all Scots pines, French blue forms like full sun, but do poorly in hot humid climates. This hardy conifer succeeds in well-drained, acidic to slightly alkaline soil. Use it singly or in small groupings for a striking garden accent.
7 - 1
3 - 7
A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Needled or Scaled Evergreen
30'-60' / 9.1m - 18.3m
25'-40' / 7.6m - 12.2m
Northern Europe, Russia/Siberia, Western Asia
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Blue Green, Yellow Green
Feature Plant, Screening / Wind Break, Shade Trees, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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