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Pine needles
Small Monterey Pine
Pinus canariensis

The Canary Island pine is a fast growing mediterranean climate tree from off the coast of Morocco and planted throughout Spain. It has long slender blue green needles (up to 12" long), a beautiful rough red bark and large cones (4"-9" long). It is grown for its dense (for a pine) timber in other countries. This pine disperses abundant pollen during its bloom season. It is drought tolerant and can grow over 3 feet a year when young.

Canary Island pine is usually seen as a single specimen tree, but if you have room, can be used to establish a pine grove. Canary Island pines are susceptible to pitch canker, beetles, aphids and sooty molds. They are resistant to oak root fungus. Because of their mature height, these pines should never be planted near power lines as they will quickly become a maintenance issue.

Maximum height
50-80 feet
20-35 feet wide

Life Span
50-150 years


Criteria for Ranking

Ranking
1 (low) - 5 (high)

Drought Tolerance after first year establishment 5
Wind Tolerance 3*
Frost Tolerance 5
Surface Roots/Sidewalk Lifting 3*
Power Lines Proximity

1* (NO!)
Cost/Maintenance 3*
Disease Resistance/Hardiness 2*
   
*note Canary Island pines will be shaped by a prevailing wind. Not as susceptible to branch drop as a Montery Pine in wind.
*note asterisk denote species has surface roots and will lift sidewalks over time.
*note asterisk denote species causes major problems with power lines.
*note species can be costly to maintain, especially when planted in the wrong spot.
*note Canary Island Pine is susceptible to Pitch canker, spider mites, Phytophthora, sooty mold, and boring beetles.

Location There is a Canary sland pineat 320 Carmel Avenue (x Cresent Ave.) in the apartment parking lot.