(5) SCOTTISH PINE
The SCOTCH PINE (Pinus sylvestris, L.) is, next to the larch, the most valuable coniferous tree grown in Britain. It furnishes the yellow deal of the Baltic and Norway, which is unequalled by any other pine in Europe or North America. The best grown in Britain is produced in the native Highland forests; but there is reason to believe that artificial plantations, in similar soils and situations, would produce timber of nearly equal value. This tree is readily increased from seeds, which, unfortunately, are produced in the greatest abundance on stunted or inferior trees. It is very desirable to select seeds from the best varieties, as is now systematically done by nurserymen. The Highland variety with horizontal branches is that of highest repute. The Scotch fir is a native of Europe and Asia, but not of America.
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