This evergreen species is native to Northern Africa and parts of the Middle East, and is well-known for its distinctive shape and aromatic needles. Here's everything you need to know about this special tree.
The Aleppo pine is most commonly found in dry, rocky areas of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Syria. However, it can also be spotted in Turkey, Greece, Italy and Spain. If you're lucky enough to see one in its natural habitat, you'll notice that it usually grows to between 15 and 25 metres tall.
The Aleppo pine doesn't typically flower until it's around 10 years old, so you'll have to be patient if you want to see its pretty pink blossoms. However, the tree's cones take around two years to mature, so you can expect to see them from autumn to winter.
The Aleppo pine is a tall, slender tree with a conical shape and evergreen needles that give off a distinctive citrusy fragrance. Its bark is reddish-brown in colour and its leaves are dark green with a bluish tinge.
The Aleppo pine is well-adapted to hot, arid conditions and is often found in coastal areas where there's little rainfall. It's also tolerant of poor soils and salt spray, making it an ideal tree for grow in harsh environments.