.Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris) – Scotch or Scots pine is an introduced species which has been widely planted for the purpose of producing Christmas trees. Native to Europe and Asia, from the British Isles and Scandinavian peninsulas through central Europe south to the Mediterranean and east through eastern Siberia. Scotch pine is a medium to large tree, typically pyramidal when young, becoming more rounded and open with age. It prefers moist, well-drained soils, but will tolerate drier sites with full sun. It is an extremely hardy species which is adaptable to a wide variety of soils and sites. As a Christmas tree Scotch pine is probably the most commonly used species in the United States. 6 to 8 years are required to produce a 7 to 8 foot tree. Scotch pine are managed to produce pulpwood, poles, and saw logs from which dimension and finish lumber is produced. Logs from trees of large diameters are processed into veneer and used in manufacturing plywood. The species is also valued as an ornamental and landscape plant and has been widely planted in parks and gardens.