Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Pinus sylvestris L. - Scots Pine - Pinaceae
Pinus sylvestris
© Alan Hill
Pinus sylvestris
(Map updated: March 2008)

The wood and cones of Scots pine (also called Scotch pine or Scotch fir, or simply 'fir') is frequently found in bogs, buried in peat. These are the remains of the native Irish population which became extinct hundreds of years ago.

The species was re-introduced into Ireland, mainly after about 1800, mostly for ornamental purposes in large estates and parks, the seed coming from Scotland or other parts of northern Europe. Today most trees encountered will have been planted, but occasional self-sown specimens are also to be found.

All names: Pinus sylvestris L.