Pinus sylvestris 'Albyn' / Albyn's Prostrate Scots pine
Pinus sylvestris 'Albyn' is an excellent ground cover pine. It has good Blue color and adds excellent texture to the rock garden. When grafted high on a standard it presents a great weeping effect. I would encourage pruning out center growth on low grafted plants to expose the the octopus-like branching structure that originates from the center. After 10 years a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) wide and only 1 foot (30 cm) high at the most, depending on any staking or high-grafting that has been done. Annual rate of growth is around 6 inches (15 cm), significantly more upward than outward.
This cultivar originated as a seedling selected around 1960 by the H.A. Albyn Nursery, Newark, Ohio, USA. Many misspellings and "AKAs" exist in the nursery trade including, 'Albyns,' 'Albynn's Prostrate' and many other variations and permutations.