Pinus radiata


Radiata Pine, Monterey Pine

Fast growing evergreen conifer tree to 30m high, it is conical when young, becoming broader and more columnar with age. Bark is dark grey-brown and deeply fissured. Leaves are needles, clumped together in groups of three, 10-15cm long. Cones are light brown, broadly ovoid, 10-15cm long and asymmetrical at the base.


Ornamental tree suited to large gardens and parks. It is also an important timber tree in temperate regions, particularly in New Zealand and Australia, where it has also become a weed in some areas.


Prefers full sun, a cool or temperate climate and well-drained soil. A native of coastal regions, it is frost and pollution resistant, but can be blown over in strong winds and is susceptible to drought. Propagate by seed. Waterlogged soil may encourage damping off and wood rots in young plants.


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Book: ‘Growing Conifers’ by John Mason is available through Courses on Conifers and Landscape Design are available through Australian Correspondence Schools, see

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