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Pacific Blue Macedonian Pine

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This fast growing selection has a sturdy upright pyramidal form and long, thin, intensely blue needles that persist for years; produces an abundance of light brown cones and is an excellent choice as a dramatic color accent; very cold and wind tolerant

Characteristics

Species:
peuce
Other Species Names:
Balkan Pine
Average Landscape Height:
20 feet
Average Landscape Width:
15 feet
Genus:
Pinus
Cultivar:
Pacific Blue
Branching:
excurrent
Evergreen:
1
Plant Form:
pyramidal
Canopy:
low
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
only prune new growth
Summer Foliage Color:
silver blue
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
average
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Pacific Blue Macedonian Pine is primarily valued in the landscape for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has attractive silvery blue evergreen foliage. The needles are highly ornamental and remain silvery blue throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Pacific Blue Macedonian Pine is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Pacific Blue Macedonian Pine will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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