Bosnian Pine


It is a member of the hard pine group, Pinus subgenus Pinus, with leaves (‘needles’) in fascicles (bundles) of two, with a persistent sheath. They are 4.5–10 cm long and 1.5–2 mm thick. Cones are 5–9 cm long, with thin, fragile scales; they are dark blue-purple before maturation, turning brown when ripe about 16–18 months after pollination. The 6–7 mm long seeds have a 2–2.5 cm wing and are wind-dispersed. Many in cultivation are still grown under the name “Pinus leucodermis” or “Pinus heldreichii var. leucodermis”.

Native to mountainous areas of the Balkans and southern Italy.

It is hardy down to at least ?45°C, and tolerant of severe wind exposure.


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