The Scots pine: keeper of the forest
Up to now I have never re-blogged anyone else’s work on Dancing Beastie. This wonderful post about the Scots Pine has persuaded me to break that habit. It comes from the online magazine ‘The Hazel Tree’, and puts my own amateur tree observations to shame. If there is anything you would like to know about Scotland’s newly-elected national tree, I know that you will enjoy Jo’s appreciation of it, an extract of which is printed below. After all, we are all tree-huggers here!
Continuing my series on British trees, we’re heading up into the Highlands to stand beneath a beautiful Scots pine…
With a range that stretches from western Scotland to eastern Siberia, the Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) is the most widely distributed conifer in the world. In Britain – and in particular Scotland – there is a strong sense of affection towards this long-lived and majestic tree, which has had much to suffer over the centuries from the spread of human civilisation.
Much of our conifer forest consists of Douglas fir, Norway fir and Sitka spruce, but these species are all recent introductions. The Scots pine is one of only three conifers native to the UK: the others are yew and juniper. (It surprised me that the larch, a deciduous conifer native to central Europe, was only introduced to Britain in the 17th century.)
For thousands of years, the Scots…
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