Pinus sylvestris 'Green Flare' / Green Flare Scots pine

Pinus sylvestris 'Green Flare' is a rare, interesting and desirable selection of Scots pine that is initially globose, later taking on a flatter, more dramatic, sculpted appearance as it ages. Needles are species-typical bright green and with age, bare branches will show on the plants' upper surfaces. This conifer is an amazing addition to a rockery where the gardener could take full advantage of this its unique character as it ages. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 inches (25 cm) tall and 24 inches (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 2000s by John Proudfoot of Methven, Perthshire, Scotland, and later introduced to the nursery trade by Gordon Haddow at Kenwith Nursery, United Kingdom, in 2005.

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A picture of a fantastic old specimen of Pinus sylvestris 'Green Flare' at the Coenosium Rock Garden, South Seattle Community College, Washington. This picture shows the progression from globose to prostrate as the tree ages.
Photo by David Olszyk

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