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Eldarica Pine for Sale - Buying & Growing Guide

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The Eldarica Pine, or Pinus brutia var. eldarica, is a large evergreen tree that can grow quickly and adapt to difficult growing conditions. This plant not only tolerates exceptionally hot and dry conditions, but it also shows admirable cold hardiness as well. Along with being adaptable, the Eldarica Pine is also a surprisingly attractive plant variety. This large tree creates an incredibly symmetrical conical shape and has a set of lovely green needles that can give off an inviting scent as well. 

  • The Eldarica Pine Tree develops into a beautiful symmetrical form. 
  • This tree can survive well in harsh conditions, including dry soils. 
  • The needles of this tree are dark, slightly fragrant and somewhat soft to the touch.

Plant Care

Sunlight

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The Eldarica Pine Tree needs at least six hours of direct daily sunlight.

Watering

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Water once per week or more during the first growing season. After establishment, this plant will only need water during heatwaves and droughts.

Fertilizing

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You can feed this plant with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer during either the fall or the early spring.

Planting and Care

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on November 26, 2022

Planting instructions

To plant your Eldarica Pine Tree, you should begin by digging a hole that is as deep as the root ball is tall and at least twice as wide as the root ball. Place your tree in the hole, ensuring that the trunk is straight, then backfill while watering. Finish the job by topdressing the planting area with a layer of organic mulch. The location in which you plant your Eldarica Pine Tree should receive at least six hours of sunlight per day and have well-draining soils.

Watering and nutrients

Just after planting an Eldarica Pine Tree, you should water it twice per week during the first few weeks. After about a month, you can reduce your watering schedule to once per week. Following establishment, the Eldarica Pine Tree will have good drought tolerance and will require water only during droughts and periods of exceptionally hot weather. You can feed this tree during either the early spring or the fall. Regardless of which option you choose, you should feed your Eldarica Pine Tree with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer.

Pollination

As is true of all pine tree varieties, the Eldarica Pine Tree has both male and female reproductive structures on a single plant, which allows for self-pollination. This tree has a set of small male cones that open during the late winter and release their pollen into the air. Once the pollen reaches a female cone, a seed will develop. Each seed has one small wing that allows it to also travel via the wind to a potential new growing location.

Pruning

You should prune your Eldarica Pine Tree during the late winter or early spring using a set of sharp and sterile pruning tools. Start your pruning by removing any branch that is dead, damaged or diseased. After that, you can move on to some aesthetics-focused pruning. For instance, many gardeners choose to remove the lower branches of their Eldarica Pine Tree to make it easier to spend time beneath this tree’s spreading canopy. However, this plant does not need much shaping overall as it develops a pleasing form naturally.

Pests, diseases and animals

Overall, the Eldarica Pine Tree is a plant that has minimal pest and disease issues. In most cases, this plant will remain healthy throughout its entire life if it enjoys proper growing conditions and care. Still, infections remain possible, and diseases like root rot and other fungal issues can arise when this plant receives too much moisture. Occasionally, pests can also infest your Eldarica Pine Tree. When that occurs, aphids, moths or borers are likely to blame.

Achieving maximum results

The Eldarica Pine Tree is a surprisingly versatile evergreen tree. As you might guess, these plants can provide reliable wind and privacy screening if you plant them in a continuous row. In fact, the strength of this tree’s branches makes it very capable of avoiding damage even when facing strong winter gusts. Additionally, the Eldarica Pine Tree can also stand out as a specimen plant, thanks to its beautiful symmetrical growth habit and the rich dark green needles it holds all year long.

FAQs

Is the Eldarica Pine Tree a fast-growing tree?

When an Eldarica Pine Tree grows in a suitable growing location and receives proper care, it will grow at a medium to fast rate. Typically, this means that this tree will add about one to two feet of new growth during every growing season. Eventually, that growth will lead to a mature tree that is about 40 to 60 feet tall with a spread of about 30 to 40 feet wide.

What are some other names for the Eldarica Pine Tree?

The Eldarica Pine Tree is a plant that can go by one of several common names. In some cases, the multiple names for this plant can lead to some confusion. For the sake of clarity, some people may call the Eldarica Pine Tree the Afghan Pine, Turkish Pine, Calabrian Pine, or Elder Pine. Additionally, there is some confusion regarding this plant's scientific name. While some refer to this plant as Pinus brutia var. eldarica, others may list it by the botanical name Pinus eldarica.

Where does the Eldarica Pine Tree come from?

Originally, the Eldarica Pine Tree came from areas of the Middle East and Central Asia, including countries like Afghanistan and Russia. This native range is the reason why many people call the Eldarica Pine Tree the “Afghan Pine Tree.” It is traditionally found in areas that are hot and dry, which is why the Eldarica Pine Tree now thrives in the western and southwestern parts of the United States.

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Mature height
30-80 ft.
Mature width
15-25 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Full Sun
Growth rate
Fast
Botanical name
Pinus eldarica
Grows Well In Zones
6-10
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Growing Zones: 6-10 i Growing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.
(hardy down to -10°F)

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