In the wild, it grows in the Himalaya at elevations of 1800-3350m, often in association with the Blue Pine (Pinus wallichiana) and the Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara), both of which you will find along the Main Walk.
Pinus gerardiana Pinaceae (Pine family)
Gerard’s Pine, or Chilgoza’s Pine, is one of the ‘plane-bark pines’, referring to its beautiful tiled, plated bark. In the very first article published about the trees of the Botanic Garden in 1915, the Curator, Richard Lynch, identified this 5.4 metre high specimen as being unique and very important. It is now a champion tree at 14.4 metres height and no other specimen in the British Isles appears to have grown so well.