Common name: Scots pine
Scientific name: Pinus sylvestris
Mature Height: 12-17m
Lifespan: Up to 700 years
Scots pine is one of 3 conifers native to the UK.
The bark is a scaly orange-brown, which develops plates and fissures with age. Twigs are green-brown and hairless. It sends out only one growth spurt a year in the spring, extending by up to 75cm.
Mature trees which have reddish bark towards the crown of the tree and brown bark towards the base. The needles are twisted and when broken, they have a fine white fringe of hairs.
Its evergreen needle-like leaves are present all year-round.