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Himalayan Pine

Himalayan Pine Tree
You can find a beautiful example of the Himalayan pine in the Arthur Ross Pinetum. The Himalayan pine has long, drooping needles and an elegant air. Though it resembles the native eastern white pine, it is just a little bit "more" in almost all aspects. Himalayan pines are very adaptable and thrive in urban parks.

Common Name: Himalayan Pine

Scientific Name: Pinus wallichiana

Origin: Southeastern Himalayas as far as Afghanistan; also in Burma and Yunnan in southwest China

Family: Pinaceae

Size: 80 - 165' tall

Form: Oval crown, somewhat pyramidal shape

Culture: Sun to partial shade, well-drained soil, good wind tolerance, tolerates seasonal wet soil and drought


5 - 8", soft, blue-green needles in bundles of five, upper surface green, lower surface blue-white (creates silvery-blue cast), young needles erect, older needles droop, needles often bend near base creating a pendulous effect


6 - 12" cylindrical cones; pendulous, turn brown with age


6 - 12"; long, woody cones; narrowly conical; yellowish-brown when mature; pendent and resinous; grow in clusters of one to six; cone scales are broadly wedge-shaped and wide near apex; end in a blunt, rounded knob


Orange-brown to gray-brown, initially smooth, develops shallow fissures and flakey plates over time