Sibirica Swiss Stone Pine, Sibirian Pine Pinus cembra sibirica - Pinus sibirica
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Pinus cembra sibirica
Sibirica Swiss Stone Pine, Sibirian Pine
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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: warm stratify for 60 days, cold stratify for 120 days.
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
In a Nutshell:
* Siberian Pine is treated as a variety or subspecies of the very similar Swiss Pine (Pinus cembra) by some botanists. It differs in having slightly larger cones, and needles with three resin canals instead of two in Swiss Pine.
* Pinus sibirica is a member of the white pine group, Pinus subgenus Strobus, and like all members of that group, the leaves ('needles') are in fascicles (bundles) of five, with a deciduous sheath. They are 5–10 cm long. Siberian Pine cones are 5–9 cm long. The 9–12 mm long seeds have only a vestigial wing and are dispersed by Spotted Nutcrackers. more...
* The edible seeds are collected in large numbers in Siberia and are often exported. more...
* This is another pine, like the pinon and P. albicaulis, that provides an important food source for local indigenous peoples and wildlife in the form of large, wingless seeds that are distributed primarily by birds - in this case, the Siberian nutcracker (Nucifraga nucifraga) . more...