Scots pine tops native flora survey

by Julia Bradley on November 18, 2013

The Scots pine has been voted Scotland’s favourite native tree or plant in a survey by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

The pine narrowly edged out the Scottish bluebell with 15% of the vote, in an online poll which opened last April and attracted 1,700 votes from the UK and further afield.

Species such as the crossbill, pine marten and capercaillie rely on the Scots pine for habitat, while the ubiquitous Scottish bluebell has become synonymous with signifying the start of summer.

The rowan tree took third place in the survey, with the Scottish primrose and silver birch coming in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Some unusual entries on the list of Scotland’s favourite native trees and plants included bog myrtle, melancholy thistle, Arran whitebeam, round-leaved sundew, twinflower, eyebright and woolly willow.

“The survey has been fascinating and has also helped provoke discussion about the fragility of our trees and plants,” Heather McHaffie, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh science conservation officer, said:

“Many of Scotland’s native species are vulnerable or endangered. This can be for a number of reasons from changing land uses or grazing to climate change.”


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Julia Bradley

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