Pinus cembra

arolla pine

Swiss stone pine

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Outstanding Qualities

Native to the European Alps this fine and picturesque pine can add a ‘mountainous’ feel to your garden. Young plants have a conical form for many years and gradually becoming looser and gain more character after decades. The dark green needles are soft and stiff with bluish white lines along the undersides which gives an overall blue cast to the tree. It is a well behaved and uncommon addition to the sunny garden.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Wildlife Associations: birds

Resistant to: slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’, Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Green Arrow’, Thujopsis dolobrata ‘Nana’, Spirea betulifolia ‘Tor’, Calluna vulgaris ‘Firefly’

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, orange, purple, red

Great Color Partners: blue, cream, white, yellow

Culture Notes
Swiss stone pine loves full sun and well-drained or sandy soils. Water occasionally, about twice a month, during the dry season. Little pruning is needed to have a beautiful specimen. Dead, broken or poorly formed limbs can be removed in winter.