Pinus canariensis

Pinus canariensis

Canary Island Pine

[optinlocker]As the name suggests, this is a native to the Canary Islands making it highly suited to South-east Australia. It has a very distinguishable and strongly fissured red bark, which provides a distinct visual contrast to its dark deep-green and soft textured foliage.

Has excellent use as a street tree, forming an attractive upright canopy. Its outstanding trunk can be used as successive columns for a strong visual affect.

This tree will perform at its best on sandy loams with adequate summer moisture, but it will also tolerate poorer soils. Will grow well near the coast, good-sized road verges, and park landscapes.

Excellent specimens can be seen at the Waite Agricultural Institute (Urrbrae, SA); Princess St (Kew, Vic); Fitzroy Gardens (Melb, Vic) and Burnley Gardens (Richmond, Vic).[/optinlocker]

Typical mature height: 20-45m

Useful in: Accent planting; avenues ; clipped hedge or screen.

Sites for best growth: Coastal plantings, parks and roadsides. Optimal locations are where rainfall is greater than 750mm per year.


Spencer, R 1997 Horticultural flora of south – eastern Australia. University of New South Wales Press. Vol. I, p.249