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Pinus tabuliformis

Chinese Red Pine

A medium-sized conifer to 30 m tall, native to northern China with spreading branches and needle-like leaves to 17 cm long. In China its wood is used in construction and it is popular for collecting resin for turpentine and a variety of other uses. It is not much seen outside of China but makes a pretty and very hardy ornamental for the temperate garden in USDA Zones 5 to 7 or below.

 
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... are average to germinate and need up to 3 months to sprout.
The Chinese Red pine germination cycle has been extensively studied, in order to get the highest germination percentage, a 60 day cold stratification followed by a double, hydrate-dehydrate cycle in warm water will get you the best results from your seeds. I have tried this and it certainly gives great results. The hydrate cycle should use water 40-45C and last about 12 hours, then fully dehydrate and repeat. You will amazed at the results
Submitted on 23/08/2011 by Dominic Parkes

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

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

2nd edition
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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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