Pinus sylvestris (common name Scots Pine) is ‘the most widely distributed pine and second most distributed conifer in the world’. Although the foliage is not as soft and refined like Pinus strobus or Pinus parviflora, generally not as ornamental (in terms of foliage texture and coarseness), some of the cultivars have attractions of their own, and are highly ornamental. Some of the blue green dwarf varieties are hard to distinguish, and are often mixed up in the trade.
I planted a couple Pinus sylvestris ‘temporary’ in a neglected area of my garden with some wisteria nearby. By the time I came around to rescue them, it was too late.
Pinus sylvestris ‘Beuvronensis’
I am not 100% sure the identification is correct. It came as a landscape size plant about 1.5 m high about 25 years ago, and has reached no more than 2.3 m (approximately). I should probably try to propagate it.
Pinus sylvestris ‘Gold Coin’
This is a popular Pinus sylvestris with gold winter colour. It appears to have shorter needles (less coarse than typical of this species) and supposed to be slow growing. So far, it appears that the winter colour is not as reliably intense as ‘Wolting Gold’ depending on the winter temperature.
Pinus sylvestris ‘Nana’
I have some ‘Nana’ grafted by a local nursery wholesaler many years ago (for bonsai purposes). Some of the plants in the same batch seem to vary in compactness and foliage colour. They are tough and useful garden composition elements.
Pinus sylvestris ‘Wolting’s Gold’
This pine has the brightest winter gold colour in my garden reliably. It has a very heavy and dense but neat needle texture.