The Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is the National Tree of Scottland. Its natural range extends from Scottland to Scandanadvia, south through the Caucus Mounains, and across parts of Siberia. It is commonly called Scotch Pine Tree in North America, where it’s mostly used as a Christmas tree.
It can grow up to well over 100 feet (almost 150 feet in some cases) and can be found at almost 6 feet in diameter. It has thick greyish bark, but towards the top its bark can take on an orange appearance. Their average lifespan can range from 150-300 years with some exceptional specimens in Finland living over 700 years.
The Scots pine is a hearty species and has beautiful cones which is why it was once very popular as a Christmas tree in North America. It is also harvested for its lumber, and resin in Europe.
The Scotch Pine Christmas Tree
The Scotch pine Christmas tree is what traditionalists consider the original tree. Although this tree is a true classic, it is not as popular as it was in the past. Although many people still buy Scotch pines, they there are many reasons why people do not buy this type.
One of the main reasons why many people do not buy Scotch pines is because the tree has rigid branches and pointy pine needles. This tree is definitely pricklier than all the other trees available for purchase.
If you do not mind pointy needs and are looking for a classic Christmas tree, then the Scotch pine may be the best choice. This is because it lasts longer than all the other trees and loses fewer needles even when dry. Even though they are pricklier, many people prefer Scotch Pines because they are easier to clean up at the end of the season. If you are looking for a classic tree, then the Scotch Pine may be exactly what you are looking for this holiday season.