Taxonomy

Pinus sylvestris | Scots Pine | Péine Albanach

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Not protected

Native status

Neophyte

Species Biology

Identification

Flowers: May; cone like flowers

Fruits: Cones containing seeds, cone scales blunt.

Twigs & bark: Evergreen; twigs pale greenish/brown, finely ribbed; bark orange/red, scaling when mature.

Habitat

Woods, naturalised on heaths and bogs, prefers sandy, stony soil.

Life cycle

Perennial

Ex-situ conservation

Not known

Use

Forest crop

Vegetative nature

Woody

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Irish distribution

Widely planted, may be native in parts of the west

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

Native in Ireland in post-glacial period but is thought to become extinct in early christian times. Re-introduced between 200-300 years ago. Widely planted and naturalised. A forest crop. Widely planted, may be native in parts of the west. The seeds provide a favourite food of the red squirrel.

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