Conifers on Raasay

There are 19 different species of conifer recorded on Raasay:

Abies alba Pinus nigra subsp. laricio
Abies procera Pinus contorta
Pseudotsuga menziesii Pinus mugo
Tsuga heterophylla Sequoiadendron giganteum
Picea sitchensis Thuja plicata
Picea abies Juniperus communis
Larix decidua X Cupressocyparis leylandii
Larix kaempferi Araucaria araucana
Larix x marschlinsii Taxus baccata
Pinus sylvestris  

Only the Juniper is native.  The Yew and the Scots Pine, whilst native in the UK, are planted on Raasay.

Two of these need checking: Pinus nigra subsp. laricio and Larix kaempferi but in the meantime here are some pictures of Tsuga heterophylla (Western Hemlock-spruce) with this year’s male flowers looking fine at the moment:

Tsuga heterophylla in flower

 and with last year’s neat little cones:

Tsuga heterophylla cones

Hopefully, the various needle lengths that give rise to the specific name heterophylla are obvious, too.

Here are two of our more elderly specimens of Abies procera (Noble Fir):

Abies procera

but there are many younger self-seeded specimens too.

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