Pinus roxburghii - Chir Pine
This is a listing for 10 seeds.The Chir Pine, Pinus roxburghii, is a pine native to the Himalayas.
The range extends from northern Pakistan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir) and Indian-administered Kashmir, across northern Republic of India (Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim) and Nepal, Bhutan and Southern Tibet.
It generally occurs at lower altitudes than other pines in the Himalayas, from 500-2000 m, occasionally up to 2,300 metres (7,500 ft). The other Himalayan pines are Blue Pine, Bhutan White Pine, Chinese White Pine, Chilgoza Pine and Sikang Pine.
Pinus roxburghii is a large tree reaching 30-50 m with a trunk diameter of up to 2 m, exceptionally 3 m. The bark is red-brown, thick and deeply fissured at the base of the trunk, thinner and flaky in the upper crown. The leaves are needle-like, in fascicles of three, very slender, 20-35 cm long, and distinctly yellowish green.
The cones are ovoid conic, 12-24 cm long and 5-8 cm broad at the base when closed, green at first, ripening glossy chestnut-brown when 24 months old. They open slowly over the next year or so, or after being heated by a forest fire, to release the seeds, opening to 9-18 cm broad. The seeds are 8-9 mm long, with a 40 mm wing, and are wind-dispersed.
Chir Pine is closely related to Canary Island Pine, Turkish Pine and Maritime Pine, which all share many features with it. It is a relatively non-variable species, with constant morphology over the entire range.
Hardy to Zone 9, it can be used as a garden ornamental or as a bonsai.
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