The Himalayan Pine (Pinus wallichiana), originating from the Himalayan Mountain Range can be found on campus at the Memorial Chapel. The environment where it prefers to grow includes a full amount of sun, medium amount of water, and requires little maintenance. It is most successful in sandy loam, clay, and acidic soils that can easily be drained. The Himalayan Pine can grow up to 30 to 50 feet in length and 20 to 35 feet in width. It is mostly used in open areas such as parks and is known for its ornamental value.
Unlike a few other champion trees on campus, the Himalayan Pine does not have any type of flowering. Instead, the tree has needles that are grey and green in color and can grow up to 8 inches long. Seed cones also grow on stalks on the tree with a brown color and can get up to 8 to 12 inches. Another type of cone is the pollen cone which is only about 0.4 to 0.8 inches and has a yellow color. The bark starts off smooth and gray and becomes a brown color as it continues to grow.
Because of its low need for maintenance there are not many problems that occur if it’s kept at the correct growing conditions. The types of issues that could occur if not grown properly include sphaeropsis tip blight, canker, and needle cast.
Conifer Species: Pinus wallichiana. (n.d.). Retrieved April 04, 2018, from http://conifersociety.org/conifers/conifer/pinus/wallichiana/
Missouri Botanical Garden : Pinus Wallichiana. (n.d.). Retrieved April 04, 2018, from http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=285047
Written by Cameron Smith