Pinus wallichiana A.B.Jacks.

Bhutan pine

Family: Pinaceae
54º 34.967N
5º 56.159W

The tree tag number relates to the black tree-maintenance tags, usually fixed on the trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.

This is one of the 5-needle pines, a large group that are quite difficult to tell apart (see also Pinus peuce). There are about 15 species commonly seen in cultivation and more species and sub-species in the wild. This species has distinctive very fine pendulous needles with a bluish colour and three distinct lines of stomata running the length of the needle. The needle is finely toothed and the needle sheath is large, papery (see photo below) and is deciduous – ie is shed during the first year after needle formation. The winter buds have scales that are tightly pressed to the bud. The cone is large, cylindrical and rather lax. This is a very handsome tree. The example in the Belfast Botanic gardens can be found beside the path from the Kelvin statue to the Ulster Museum.

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2009. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.