Pinus patula, Mexican Weeping Pine
Growing to about 15 or 20 metres in height, this pine tree is only really suitable for large gardens and parks . It is a not an uncommon tree in the coastal cities and towns of Australia from Brisbane to Melbourne and is always quite eye-catching because of the shiny curtain or shawl of needle foliage which sways in the slightest breeze. It is naturally occurring in central and eastern Mexico and found growing on mountain slopes at elevations from 1500 to 3000 metres. This region receives abundant summer rainfall and experiences high humidity over summer which will account for it thriving in Brisbane and Sydney.
Apart from the decorative leaves, the tree produces attractive conical cones which are about 10cm long by 5cm across. These persist on the tree for many years but can be cut off easily if required for indoor decoration.