Pinus sylvestris 'Albyn Prostrata'
2 to 4 ft.
6 to 10 ft.
Europe and Asia
USDA zones 3-7
hardy to 6,500 ft.
Albyn prostrate scotch pine is a low-growing evergreen shrub. It can be used as a groundcover, growing about 6 inches per year. It has a rambling, layered habit, making it a good option for larger spaces or sites where it can cascade over a slope or wall.
Its needles are bluer than hillside creeper. It can be a good alternative to groundcover junipers.
Albyn prostrate scotch pine has been an excellent groundcover at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. It will grow to 6 to 10 ft wide, so make sure it is planted in an area with enough space.
Selective pruning may be needed occasionally.