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common name: Monterey Pine
synonyms: Pinus insignis
growth rate: very fast
growth habit: broad headed
leaf colour: green
fruit colour: grey-brown
main season: All Year
dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
Fast growing, eventually developing a dense, domed crown. Slender, flexible, bright green needles are borne in threes. The dark brown bark becomes deeply lined with vertical fissures. Egg shaped, greyish brown cones are up to 15cm by 7.5 cm wide, but are only produced on trees over 20 years old.
Thrives in a light well-drained, preferably acid, sandy or gravely loam. Dislikes poorly drained soils. Established plants tolerate drought. Very resistant to maritime exposure.
Rate of growth can be extremely rapid in mild areas, reaching 10m metres in 10 years.
Thrives very well near the coast of South and West Britain.
By seed. Seedlings and young plants are somewhat tender and may need protection from frost. However plant out in final position as soon as possible.
Very effective as a coastal windbreak.
AGM 1984. Native to California, S.W North America.