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BHUTAN PINE

BLUE PINE

Pinus wallichiana

Pine Family [Pinaceae]

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15th July 2011, a garden, Fife, Scotland. Photo: © John Brailsford
A Soft Pine, rather than just a pine tree, growing to 32m, but rarely naturalizing.


15th July 2011, a garden, Fife, Scotland. Photo: © John Brailsford
The needles are very slender and long enough to droop under gravity such that most of the tips lie below the branch that sprouts them. They are silky grey-green with white-lined inner surfaces and are in fives


15th July 2011, a garden, Fife, Scotland. Photo: © John Brailsford
The needles are silky grey-green with white-lined inner surfaces and are in bundles ('fascicles') of fives (inspect the one with the arrow).


15th July 2011, a garden, Fife, Scotland. Photo: © John Brailsford
Fresh bark before cracking.


15th July 2011, a garden, Fife, Scotland. Photo: © John Brailsford
Cracked bark.


Some similarities to : Weymouth Pine, Mexican White Pine Chinese White Pine Montezuma Pine and the hybrid Holford's Pine ,

No relation to : Ground Pine [a plant with similar name].

Bhutan Pine rarely occurs naturally, but is often planted in gardens, many quite small. The wood is moderately hard, durable and is highly resinous, making a good firewood, but gives off a pungent resinous smoke when burning. Commercially it is used as a good source of turpentine, which is not a single chemical, but rather a whole mixture of hydrocarbons, mainly terpenes, with the monoterpenes α-Pinene and β-Pinene being the main constituents.

It tolerates more pollution than most pine or coniferous trees, and is popular in large parks and gardens, having an attractive drooping foliage.


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BHUTAN PINE

BLUE PINE

Pinus wallichiana

Pine Family [Pinaceae]

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