Scotch Pine (Scots)

Scotch pine is no longer recommended for planting in Nebraska.

Scotch Pine (Scots) Coniferous

Pinus sylvestris

Once common and popular across the Midwest, scotch pine is no longer recommended for planting in the eastern part of Nebraska due to the prevalence of Pine Wilt. We expect Pine Wilt to spread westward so any use of this tree requires careful consideration.  

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Where To Grow

Nebraska's hot, dry summers can be stressful to just about any tree. This is especially true for Scotch pine, which will experience a weakening of its defenses during drought conditions. This creates the perfect opportunity for the pine wood nematode, which thrives in warm conditions and will complete its lifecycle in just four days.
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Suitable to plant west of the 100th meridian; however, it is not recommended. 
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Size at Maturity

Tree Height Tree Spread
60' 35'
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Tree Characteristics

Fruits are tawny-yellow, oblong, symmetrical cones, 1 to 2 inches long. Clusters of flowers are yellow, minute, male and female. Needles occur in bunches of 2, are stout and usually twisted, 1 to 3 inches long, and bluish-green in color. Scots pine branches are spreading, and stems are often crooked in early years. The plant’s bark is orange, thin and smooth on the upper trunk, dark and fissured below. The tree’s root system is widespread, moderately deep, and windfirm.

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Wildlife Benefits

Scotch pine is of some importance as food and cover for many birds and small mammals. Although the plant is browsed by whitetail and mule deer, it is not a preferred forage.

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Additional Considerations

This is a species that should only be planted after careful consideration! 

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Interesting Facts

The tree is introduced from Eurasia, and has become naturalized in eastern North America. It is cultivated for windbreaks, timber, and Christmas tree plantations. 

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Scotch pine tree canopy.
Scotch pine tree bark.
Scotch pine tree flowering.