A Large portion of the Pine trees you see around Tucson today are Afghan Pines, and for good reason! This species is very well adapted to desert climates; tolerating our alkaline soil and fluctuating temperatures and periods of drought with ease. It also accepts wet soils better than any of the other pines that grow in our area. Afghan Pine grows quickly to form a dense, symmetrical pyramid with strong, broad, evenly spaced branches. Whether used as a screen, a windbreak, or a space definer, it casts cooling shade and lends a woodsy effect to the landscape. As a bonus, Afghan Pines can be purchased as living Christmas Trees, so you can plant one every year!
Height: 30 – 50 feet
Width: 15 – 25 feet
Bloom color: Inconspicuous
Flowering season: Spring
USDA minimum zone: 6
Cold hardiness: 5° F


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