Cones 4-7cm long, scales without a sharp point. Green, becoming brown at maturity. Stiff bluish-green leaves (pine-needles) in pairs at axils of scale-leaves. Bark on upper trunk becomes orange-red with maturity. Outline initially conical, becoming bare-trunked with flat-topped crown of foliage. Height to 30m.
Prefers sandy or stony acidic soils. Native in Ireland in post-glacial period. Re-introduced and widely planted.
Similar: Lodgepole Pine, P. contorta