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Pinus sylvestris Watereri

Walter Pine

Small slow growing Scots Pine

This is a great slow growing conifer for the back of a sunny border. It will make a dense mound of blue-green needle-like leaves at first, and then over time take on a pyramid shape, over time.


Easy to grow in full sun and any good soil. An excellent choice for a seaside garden, where its needles will shrug off salty winds.


Add goodness to the soil by digging in planting compost. Can be clipped in late summer each year to keep it in shape, if needed.

A native to northern Europe and northern Asia.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 240 cm - 300 cm
Plant width 300 cm - 500 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Acid, Chalk, Light sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Rock garden, Gravel garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Wildlife garden, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From January to December