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.

Pinus sylvestris 'Albyn' at Dawes Arboretum, Winter of 1999.
Photo by Bill Barger
My plant was a 5 gal. plant with an Iseli tag when I purchased it 2 years before this picture. It grows about 4" per year.
Photo by Ken Church
Pinus sylvestris 'Albyn'
Photo by David Marsh
Pinus sylvestris 'Albyn' at The Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers, Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, August of 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Pinus sylvestris 'Albyn' at Oregon Garden, Silverton, Oregon in 2011
Photo by David Olszyk
Pinus sylvestris 'Albyn' at Mission Oaks Garden, Zanesville, Ohio. Photo taken during the ACS National Meeting, June 25, 2016.
Photo by William Dunagin
Pinus sylvestris 'Albyn' — if nicely maintained, this cultivar responds well to container culture.
Photo by Ellen Smart
Pinus sylvestris 'Albyn' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Ellen Smart