A while ago I wrote a post about nöttallar where I wrote about the species stone pine (Pinus sylvestris) and Koreans pine (Pinus koraiensis) as the most promising for our climate. A challenge that I then wrote about was that these pines like to take 30 years left before they bear fruit for the first time. One tip I got was that the super-hardy dwarf pine (Pinus pumila), which grows wild in Siberia and whose cones are widely used where, could give the fruit a little faster. When I started to look a little more, I found some more exciting frötallar and could of course not keep me from ordering them home. They were right many nurseries that had a fairly wide range and I ordered from Floraparadies i Tyskland (which is now available on my list of interesting nurseries).
The already mentioned dwarf pine (Pinus pumila) be according to some information to give fruit after 5-10 years. It is really small and gets after 10 years only 80 cm high and one meter wide. It is certainly a good plant for a little exposed, sunny locations that will remain long sunny, it is therefore important to consider how its habitat will be able to look in the future. There are numerous cultivars of dwarf pine which have different growth habit and color of the needles and unfortunately I have not been able to find anyone that was developed early fruiting.
Then have someone take the trouble to cross the dwarf pine with cembratallen and produced a hybrid named Pinus cembra x pumila. It is as weak-growing dwarf pine, but puts fruit earlier. One of the plants that I received in the mail a month ago had already developed cones.
When I did my research, I discovered that there are also cultivars of Korea pine (Pinus koraiensis). Luck 'Glauca’ which has blue needles stated set fruit earlier than the original species, but unfortunately I could not find any information on how much earlier. Korean pine also grows very slowly, by 10 years will not be higher than 2-3 meters and only one meter wide. Fullväxt becomes 25-30 meters high and gets a crown diameter 4-6 meter. Korea Tallen can be 600 years old. In the woodland garden context belongs to the thus the more challenging plants in terms of placement, as it takes no place for many years, but very much room for a few generations. Maybe it's a challenge that my grandchildren's grandchildren will contend with…
Thanks to all who came with advice and comments on nöttallarna!