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Pine, Afghan or Mondell

Pinus eldarica

Pinaceae - Pine

Description

Leaves: Bright green to blue green; evergreen needles; 3" to 6-1/2" in length; thin, sometimes twisted; in fascicles of 2 or 3 needles.

Twigs/buds: Twigs red-brown; medium to stout. Buds red-brown, narrowly egg-shaped.

Flowers/fruit: Flowers monoecious; yellowish male cones; green female cones when young; not showy or conspicuous. Fruit a cone; red-brown; egg-shaped to oblong, 3" to 4" in length.

Bark: Silver-gray and smooth when younger, but becoming darker and more furrowed with age; attractive.

Wood: Little information available.

General: Native to the Mediterranean region, Russia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Rehder shows this and Pinus halepensis being the same species. Often grown in Texas. Habit pyramidal and narrow when young, but irregular with age, growing to heights of 30' to 40'. Makes a good Christmas tree. Not cold hardy; it is adapted to hot, dry desert climates (has high drought tolerance); needs little water. Shade intolerant; plant in full sun. Pine tip moth can damage twigs.

Landscape Use: Commonly seen in St. George area. Use as a screen or specimen on open lawn. Often a flat-topped and attractive canopy with nice, long needles. Plant in warm desert climates where a pine is desired. Do not plant where it will encounter hard frosts on a regular basis. Zones 8-10.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Pinaceae - Pine
Cultivar Availability:
No
Hardiness Zone:
8-10
Type:
Conifer
Utah Native:
No

Growth

Growth Rate:
Medium
Mature Height:
High
Longevity:
High
Is Good Under Power Lines:
No
Crown Shape:
Pyramidal

Ornamental

Bark:
Yes
Fall Color:
No
Flowers:
No
Foliage:
Yes
Fruit:
No

Tolerence

Shade:
Low
Salt:
High
Drought:
High
Poor Drainage:
Medium
Alkalinity:
High
Transplanting:
Medium