An evergreen tree of shelter-belts and small plantations, flourishing only in southern coastal areas where it regenerates freely from seed. Lowland.
P. pinaster was introduced before 1596 and has been known from the wild since at least 1850. It has been planted quite widely along the coast of S. England, and is naturalised on heathland in Dorset and Hampshire, where it can be invasive. Away from the south coast, it is uncommon and found only as a specimen tree.
Native of S.W. Europe and the W. Mediterranean area.
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