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Green Penguin Scots Pine

Pinus sylvestris 'Green Penguin'

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Green Penguin Scots Pine

Pinus sylvestris 'Green Penguin'

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Special Features
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Deer Resistant
Easy Care
Winter Color

Botanical Name

Pinus sylvestris 'Green Penguin'

Outdoor Growing zone


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Sun needs

Full Sun



The Green Penguin Scots Pine is a dwarf evergreen that never gets too large, reaching 2 to 4 feet in about 10 years, and staying naturally dense without any trimming. It has a narrow conical top and a broader base, making it look exactly like a green penguin about to waddle across your garden. Unlike some other forms of the Scots Pine, it retains its rich-green foliage color all through the winter season. Use it as accent in a small bed, or to add variety to a collection of dwarf evergreens. It makes an easy-care plant for a collection of pots outdoors on a terrace or balcony, or a great gift for a child as an easy introduction to growing plants. It is very hardy, to at least zone 3, so if you love dwarf conifers, but live in a very cold area, this is a great plant for you.

  • Upright, dense green pyramid
  • Holds its color well in winter
  • Charming dwarf evergreen never gets too big
  • Easily grown in poor soil and urban conditions
  • Never needs trimming to keep its special form

The Green Penguin Scots Pine grows in any well-drained soil, including poor, sandy or gravel soils. It will tolerate urban conditions too, so it’s the perfect choice for a town garden. It has no significant pests or diseases, needs no trimming, and once established it is moderately drought tolerant, so this is a very low-maintenance plant indeed. A little evergreen fertilizer in spring is helpful in reaching its maximum growth rate, but not entirely necessary, so just plant it, and leave your little green penguin to take care of himself – it’s easy.