Any garden benefits from having at least one solid evergreen. It confers stability to your landscape and acts as an anchor for the more colorful, but ephemeral, plants. Most evergreens will usually be conifers such as spruces, cedars and pines, the majority of which have a stiffness about them, or sometimes even a sharp rigidity. There are, however, a few conifers that offer all of the advantages of year-round green foliage but with a more relaxed and pleasing form. One of this group is the hard to find, but increasingly popular, Pinus patula, Jelecote pine or Mexican weeping pine. This is a striking tree with languorously long needles, grass-green, that drape straight down from spreading branches and creating a softer silhouette than any other pine tree. The evergreen foliage along with the elegant form would make this conifer much more than just a garden anchor, but a prized specimen tree in its own right. The wood is salmon-pink and smells of anise when freshly cut. The cones are about 4 inches long, with shiny scales.

The Mexican weeping pine will eventually reach 50 feet by 25 feet in many years. It is tolerant of many soils types, and is largely free from pests and disease and possesses excellent drought tolerance. It is a native of Mexico however, so as one might guess, its one limitation is intolerance of cold. The consensus appears to be that it can withstand temps down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit. That being the case, it will thrive across much of the United Kingdom, the southern half of the US and the moderate coastal regions. It is already being planted successfully in New Zealand and in New South Wales. It only requires full sun and good drainage.

As always, you would have to go to the superior or specialist tree nurseries for this stunning pine but it would be more than worth your trouble.

Mexican weeping pine/Jelecote pine


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