Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Pinus peuce
Macedonian pine

Tag 706
54 deg 34.953N
5 deg 55.871W

The Macedonian pine is one of the soft pine group. It comes from the SW Balkan mountains and was introduced into cultivation in1864. The needles are in bunches of 5 and are very thin, but not as drooping as those of the Bhutan pine (Pinus wallichiana) which is also present in Belfast Botanic Gardens. The cones are lax, elongated and each scale has a distinctive knob at the apex. All the scales are incurved (unlike the Weymouth pine where some of the scales curve outwards). The Belfast Botanic Gardens specimen is beside the sunken path in the rock garden area.

Pinus peuce in Belfast Botanic Gardens

Pinus peuce bark detail

Pinus peuce, Macedonian pine. Belfast Botanic Gardens Pinus peuce. Bark

Pinus peuce leaf detail

Pinus peuce cones

Pinus peuce. Needles in bunches of five Pinus peuce. Cones

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2012. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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