Zone 7 (0 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit)
Trees are tender when young. Thrives in desert heat, drought & wind.
Also good at the seashore. Tolerates poor soils & difficult arid
Semi-hardy when established.
Open irregular crown of many short ascending branches. Attractive tree at
2 years, rugged tree at 5 years old. Standard desert pine, however it does
well along the coast.
Rate of Growth:
Moderate to fast. 12' to 20' in 5 years. 30' to 60' at maturity
More Common Pests:
Aphid, Subject to mites in Southern California
To control the more common pests:
Apply an Ultra Fine Spray Oil such as "Sunspray"
Use a general-purpose fertilizer with an NPK ratio of 3/1/2. Apply as
instructed on the package, normally in the spring and the fall.
Watering while in the container:
Do not allow the soil to dry out. Keep moist by watering daily. Water
enough for drainage through the bottom drain holes. Misting does not
provide enough moisture to be a benefit.
Watering when in the ground
Surface and deep root watering is recommended every day in the summer and
every 2nd or 3rd day in the winter
Using hand or hedge shears keep pruned to the desired shape. Prune in May
and in September.
Pines require full sun.
Use the appropriate insecticide for the pests that you are treating for,
following the instructions on the container. Only use insecticides when