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Pinus roxburghii

Chir Pine

A magnificent, large pine to about 55 m (180 ft.) tall with a straight trunk that can reach well over 1 m in diameter and is covered in thick, scaly, dark red brown bark. The crown is conical with mostly spreading branches. The thin, elegantly arching, needle-like leaves can reach a stunning 30 cm (12 in.) in length and are responsible for most of this plants beauty. The Chir pine is very common throughout the Himalayas from Afghanistan into Bhutan between 450 and 2300 m (1500 and 7500 ft.). Despite the great distance separating them, it is most closely related to Pinus canariensis, which grows only in the Canary Islands. Its wood is of good quality and has a wide range of applications. In the Himalayas, trees are often seen being tapped for resin. Seeds germinate easily without stratification and trees adapt well to cultivation in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 and above.

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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