The leaves are used as a stuffing for pillows etc. A tan or green dye is obtained from the needles. The needles contain a substance called terpene, this is released when rain washes over the needles and it has a negative effect on the germination of some plants, including wheat. Wood - moderately hard, durable, highly resinous. Used in construction, carpentry etc. A good firewood but it gives off a pungent resinous smoke.The wood is rich in resin. It can be splintered and used as a torch.
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A very hardy but relatively short-lived tree in cultivation. The Himalayan blue pine succeeds in exposed positions but it looks much better when grown in a sheltered position. It is a very fast growing tree when young, with new shoots up to 1metre long per year and 30 year old trees 20 metres tall. New growth takes place from April to mid-July. Growth in height diminishes rapidly when trees are 25 metres tall, probably due to their dislike of exposure at that height. Cultivated for timber in Italy. Plants are strongly outbreeding, self-fertilized seed usually grows poorly. They hybridize freely with other members of this genus. Cones open and shed their seed whilst still on the tree. Leaf secretions inhibit the germination of seeds, thereby reducing the amount of plants that can grow under the trees.Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus.
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