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PlantFiles: Aleppo Pine
Pinus halepensis

Family: Pinaceae (py-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pinus (PY-nus) (Info)
Species: halepensis (ha-le-PEN-sis) (Info)

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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BermudaHater On Jun 23, 2012, BermudaHater from Ridgecrest, CA wrote:

My mother passed away from cancer just before Christmas 2011. My son bought her a little Cmas tree and we showed it to her before she passed. I told her I was going to plant it for her on the property that had been passed down thru generations in my family. I put it in a place where it gets protection from the harsh winds throughout it's young life. Hopefully it will be a long lived wonderful tree!!

Neutral Fydo On Sep 15, 2011, Fydo wrote:

Aleppo Pines...we planted three when we first moved to the desert 22 miles NW of Tucson (S. of Picacho Peak..w. of Tortolitas). They have survived...but only barely in the last five years of record drought and heat...must be constantly watered now in 100+ days (about 80 of those in our summers now). All of our Eldaricas died. About six Aleppos, planted only 10 yrs ago died from the drought). Best trees now for this extreme heat/dry desert era are: Desert Willows, Oleander, Washingtonian Palms. We have an extensive 4-acre watered yard of some 200 plants. Even hybrid paloverde are now stressed.

Positive mywhys On Oct 30, 2009, mywhys from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Our allepo pine is at least 37 years old. Healthy, & misshapen but adds a touch of the forest in our backyard. Vinca grows very well under it. Our problem: it hangs into the neighbor's yard and over our pool making for quite a mess. Looking for advice on how to save my tree but prune and trim it down. It is 40 feet with a codominant branch hanging in the neighbor's yard. Can we cut it off without killing it? Advice on how to reshape and prune, please. Mishapen is okay. It was $$$$ to hire an arborist.

Positive mizar5 On Apr 5, 2008, mizar5 from Merritt Island, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

So far this pine is doing well in my zone 9b yard.

I bought it as a table-top Christmas decoration at the local Target a couple years back. I didn't expect it to be a real tree, much less plant it.

But after the holidays, on a whim, I moved it into one of those large half-barrels and put it in the backyard. I watered it. I threw a little fertilizer on it once in a while. Still not expecting anything.

A couple months ago I found it had outgrown the half-barrel and wanted space. After reading about it here, I thought maybe I'd go ahead and do an experiment and see if it would grow here in FL. I never see these anywhere down here, so I have the feeling it might not make it, eventually dying, but I have no idea what would kill it (yet).

I've got it planted in the ground now, in half-sun and half light-shade. It seems to be THRIVING so far. Has many new candles on it, etc. Looks lush and green. I see butterflies sitting on it all the time.

We'll see!

Positive DanaDW On Apr 2, 2006, DanaDW from Pahrump, NV (Zone 8a) wrote:

Should add zones 8a and 8b to it's hardiness range. I am in 8a and it is one of the more commonly grown trees here.

Neutral shawnkilpatrick On Apr 30, 2004, shawnkilpatrick from Yucca Valley, CA wrote:

This tree is widely used in the High Desert regions of Southern California. It's my opinion the Eldarica is far superior and uniform in shape and color but never the less, this tree remains popular. It is easy to maintain with regular watering and is fast growing. Tends to lean heavily if planted in windy areas and can take on weird, less than noble looking charecteristics. Look for young specimens with straight trunks with the needles uniformly above and around the tree. Trim off branches that appear likley to turn into co-dominant leaders. With regular watering and early attention, this tree can look uniformly fluffy and very attractive. Pretty bark, small and scaly.

Negative woodunder On Feb 13, 2004, woodunder wrote:

The Aleppo pine is not doing well in the Desert, (Pheonix) AZ
All over the valley they are dieing.It could be because of now five years of drought. And poor soil.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Fresno, California
Newberry Springs, California
Ridgecrest, California
Yucca Valley, California
Merritt Island, Florida
Pahrump, Nevada

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