Pinus eldarica

Afghan Pine, Desert Pine, Eldarica Pine, Elder Pine, Lone Star Christmas Tree, Mondell Pine

In Stock: 10.577 lb (Total:15.858lb)
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 30 days
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Introducing the Afghan Pine, also known as Pinus eldarica, Desert Pine, Eldarica Pine, Elder Pine, Lone Star Christmas Tree, and Mondell Pine. Widely grown in the Southwestern United States to produce Christmas Trees, this symmetrical pine tree is a true beauty. Adapted to drier climates with a summer rainfall peak, this species was introduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the southwest U.S. due to its tolerance for dry winds and alkaline soils.

The Afghan Pine thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 6 through 8, but can also grow in parts of zones 9, 10, and 11. From southern states like New Mexico and Alabama to coastal states on both the Pacific and Atlantic shorelines, this resilient tree can flourish in various climates, including the arid desert regions of Arizona and Texas.

With its relatively dense foliage and rapid growth rate of 3-6 feet per year, the Afghan Pine offers multiple landscape values. It makes for a stunning specimen tree and is also attractive when planted in groups. Additionally, it serves as a great windbreak and is increasingly popular as a Christmas tree option. On the larger side of the residential scale, this pine can add elegance and shade to any lawn or open area.

The Afghan Pine's long needles and true cone-shaped fruit contribute to its aesthetic appeal. Its pyramidal structure reaches heights of about 40 feet, although some exceptional trees can grow taller. Originating in western Asia, this species is one of the newest members of American forests, introduced in the middle of the 20th century and distributed in the 1960s.

While the Afghan Pine didn't become a popular choice as a Christmas tree due to its difficulty in training and pruning, it remains a valuable tree for dry climates. Its ability to tolerate slight drought, temperature fluctuations, and various soil conditions make it a resilient and low-maintenance option. Whether you're looking for a stunning landscape addition or a shade tree that can withstand arid conditions, the Afghan Pine is a perfect choice.

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