Devon on March 24th, 2018

While living in Italy, I have had a lot of visitors ask me what the “umbrella” looking pine tree is called all across the Italian landscape. This tree is aptly named the Umbrella orĀ Italian Stone Pine. For my horticulture friends, Pinus pinea.

You may be wondering where the second common names come from (Stone Pine). Well, it comes from the large cones that produce seeds that can be roasted to become the main ingredient in pesto sauce. Yes, it produces pine nuts! If you visit Italy (Tuscany & Umbria in particular) you will not fail to notice these as they dominate the landscape along with the tall narrow Italian Cypress trees.

The tree thrives on well-drained soils and on the coast. New needles are produced in spring and this triggers older needles to yellow and drop, however, it is evergreen. It gets very large with a mature height of 40 to 60 feet.

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