Friday, May 29, 2009

cembra pine cascade

This is an extreme rarity. It is a Cembra pine, or Swiss stone pine, Pinus cembra. This is a five needle pine living in the Alps and in Siberia. These trees are very rare but even much rarer is a decent piece or material. I have never seen anything like a cembra pine cascade. This took quite a while but now it starts to be presentable. The pot is too big. It will look a lot better in a smaller pot next year.
The old images are from 2004 and the nice ones from today.






7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Walter!
Very nice Pinus cembra. Decent material of this species is really very rare. I have one which I am very proud of. It is in a pot since August last year and it is comming now very nicely. I will send you the picture (not the perfect one).
regards
Andelko Hrzenjak

Bandi said...

Hello Walter,

I also have a cembra pine at home...and i'm so disappointed because i think it's dying. At the beginning of spring i realized it had some kind of white stuff on all of it's buds. It was a white fluffy like thing that usually is around pests...but strangely when i cleaned them off there was nothing under the stuff. couple of weeks later the buds started to turn to green and then this stuff reappeared, and after it the needles started to turn brown...i sprayed the tree with an anti-parasite spray and slowly the white things disappeared but the tree is still in a terrible shape. Almost all of it's needles are brown..and the buds just don't want to grow. What should i do...or at least do you have any idea what happened?

Bandi

Walter Pall said...

Bandi,

your tree has wooly aphids. Cembra pines ALWAYS get these. Therefore you have to spray with diluted lime sulphur around end of February, beginnign of March. Then you should spray with diluted oil by the beginning of April. And if the aphids are stillarond now you can use an insecticide. The former measures were not very poisinous. Insecticide is poisinous and has side effects for the tree and for youself. So try to avoid this.

WP

WP

Bandi said...

Thanks for the advice! I really hope that the tree will recover...There are hardly any green needles on it, however the tree is still green under the bark and the buds don't seem to be dead...it's as if they were dormant.. Oh well, hope dies last.

Thanks again for the quick response and advice!

Bandi

johnson said...

about pests...WP are u familiar with small white like sacs that are home where limbs split. when crushed the have a dard red "blood" inside that looks purple on our skin. tried researching everywhere but to no evail.

Walter Pall said...

Sounds like coccid (scale) to me. The red color was used as a basis for paint. I think lipstick color is also made from this.
Anyway, they are hard to come by. The best thng is to look carefully and take them off with your fingers. Insecticide would help, but it is poisinous and I hate to do that. If you poison your trees you will touch poison every day. While one touch is not dangerous, several thosand touches will becom dangerous for yourself.
I think these scale will not kill a tree, but weaken it considerably.

WP

Anonymous said...

Hi Walter.
Yes it's a great tree whith a good potential.
I'vent seen this species in expo and I'm looking for it but without success.
You're lucky :)