Pine Banks (Pinus banksiana) - is a coniferous tree of North American origin. It got its name in honor of the famous English botanist and naturalist Joseph Banks. It also has a number of other popular informal names: Labrador pine, northern low, dapper pine, Canadian horn pine, Hudson Bay pine, blackjack pine, princess pine.

In 1785 it was imported into Europe and spread mainly in areas with a temperate-northern climate, including the predominant part of the territory of Russia.

This type of pine differs from the others by a trunk branched from the base, compact, sparse, oval crown, widely spreading in old trees, and reddish-brown, divided into thick, scaly-shaped plates, by the bark.

Pine Banks is ideal for creating landscape compositions, as a solitaire tree or in mixed combinations. It looks spectacular on the site in groups, as well as in composition with deciduous and other conifers.

It has excellent phytosanitary properties with a pleasant and strong healing aroma, thanks to the aromatic resin, often acting on the shoots. Great for group planting in resort forest parks, resorts and rest homes. This tree is often planted on poor sandy soils for forest reclamation purposes.

Pine Banks is one of the few plants suitable for adverse conditions. This is one of the most frost-resistant species of pines, which quietly grows in the cold climate of the taiga zone, where the air temperature in winter often drops to -45C°. But in winter, young trees (in the first year of planting) need shelter, and older trees should be protected from the abundance of snow, since branching can be broken due to dense branching.

The tree is not very demanding on soil composition and moisture. It grows well on sandy soils of plains and hills, loams, steep rocks, rocky, calcareous, saline or swampy soils, forming large forests and often the first to populate fresh felling and conflagration.

The pine tree is resistant to winds and adapted to urban conditions. He loves the sun, but partial shade is also possible. Unpretentious care, in addition, tolerates high temperatures and drought well, and only young plants require watering during this period.

The biology is similar to ordinary pine. Poorly damaged by pests and diseases. Life expectancy is on average up to 150 years, sometimes up to 300 years.

A tree of medium size, usually from 5 to 12 meters, but sometimes reaches 20-27 meters in height, with a trunk diameter of 30 to 80 cm, with a crown width of 6 to 10 meters.

Up to 20 years old, the tree is fast-growing, with decorative bright green, not dense and compact oval-shaped crown. With age, the strength of growth weakens significantly, the crown becomes flatter and widespread, irregular in shape.

Young shoots are bare, at first light yellowish-green, with time become brown or grayish-brown. The branches are red-brown, thin, form a polynomial growth of one year (2-3 internodes). The kidneys are covered with tar, whitish. The needles are curved and short, up to 4 cm in length, two in a bunch, green with a yellowish tinge.

Pine fruiting begins annually and abundantly from the age of eight. Seeds ripen by mid-October, but the cones open in February. Seeds are small, blackish-brown, with a length of 2 to 4 mm, with a wing of up to 20 mm.

Cones are short and strongly curved, conical in shape with a pointed apex, up to 5 cm long, 2-3 cm in diameter, with tight-fitting scales. Color from light brown to dull gray. They stay on the tree for a long time, remaining closed for several years, while completely preserving the germination of seeds. On shoots, cones are usually in pairs.

The trunk of the tree is somewhat curved, unlike other pines, but sometimes it is almost straight. Often it is branched from the base, and the tree can take the form of a bush over time. The bark of the tree is brown in color and is divided into thick, scaly plates.

The root system is deep, powerful and branched, with a root root, sensitive to compaction and flooding. On drained soils it can penetrate the ground up to 2.5 meters.

The tree does not require special care. In early spring, for even awakening, young plants are abundantly watered, sprayed and fed with special fertilizers. With age, it does not need top dressing.

A decorative crown cut is usually not used, but it is possible to form a crown by breaking out growth buds in early spring and autumn or shortening growing shoots in summer.

Pine Banks tolerates transplanting well, even with relatively large specimens.

Since ancient times, many nations revered the pine as a symbol of life, fertility, longevity, fidelity to duty. In Japan, snow-covered pine is considered a symbol of happiness and long old age. And in Russia, small hacked gods were carved from pine trees, and huge idols were made from the trunks of these trees for pagan holidays. As a wish for health and longevity, pine branches were stuck in wedding rugs. A special place is occupied by pine in ancient Greek and Roman mythology. In particular, the pine was considered the favorite tree of one of the most cheerful gods of the ancient world - Pan.

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