Parent: Pinus nigra
Category: Tree - Evergreen
Size: 90 to 150' tall
Growth Rate: Moderate
Straight main stem, open crown and slender grey-green leaves in pairs. Well-drained soil.
Native to Italy and Corsica. Introduced in 1759 by Philip Miller.
Published in Bull. Soc. Hist. Nat. Afrique N. 19: 66 in 1928.
RHS Award of garden merit in 2002.
There is a specimen near the main gate at Kew that was brought back from the south of France in 1814 as a 6" seedling by R.A. Salisbury. It is considered the oldest specimen in England. It was hit by a light plane in the early 20th century taking out the top and has been hit by lightning at least twice.