Pinus griffithi (wallichiana) (Western Himalayan Pine) is a species of pine tree native to the Western Himalayas in Asia. It is a majestic evergreen conifer with a tall stature and is renowned for its distinctive appearance and cultural significance in the region.
Size and Growth Habit: The Western Himalayan Pine is a large tree that can grow to impressive heights of 30-50 meters (98-164 feet). It features a straight trunk with a relatively narrow, conical crown that becomes broader and more irregular with age.
Needles: The needles of Pinus griffithii are long, slender, and bluish-green in color. They are arranged in bundles of five and measure approximately 10-18 cm (4-7 inches) in length. The needles persist on the tree for several years before shedding.
Cones: The cones of the Western Himalayan Pine are large and elongated, measuring around 12-25 cm (5-10 inches) in length. They have a distinctive pendant or hanging appearance. The cones are initially green and turn brown as they mature. They contain winged seeds that are dispersed by wind.
Habitat: This species is native to the Western Himalayan region, including parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Nepal. It grows in mountainous areas at elevations ranging from 1,500 to 3,600 meters (4,900 to 11,800 feet) above sea level. It thrives in cool, high-altitude environments with ample rainfall.
Cultural Significance: The Western Himalayan Pine holds cultural and religious significance in the regions where it occurs. It is often associated with sacred sites and is revered for its beauty and spiritual symbolism.
Timber and Uses: The wood of Pinus griffithii is valued for its quality and durability. It is used in construction, carpentry, furniture making, and as a source of firewood. The resin of the tree has traditional medicinal uses in some local cultures.
Botanical Name : Pinus griffithi (wallichiana)
Common Name : Western Himalayan Pine
Height : 100- 164 ft
Spread : 80 ft
Germination Info : Seed does not require a pre-treatment .....
Hardiness zone : 7-9
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 625