Pine needles
Small Monterey Pine Mature Monterey Pine
Pinus radiata

The Monterey pine is native to our central coast and is perfectly suited to the conditions in Marina. These pines grow fast - up to 6 feet a year when young. Young trees have soft brushy candles and a distinct pine tree shape. The mature trees form the picturesque silhouette seen in many peninsula vistas.

That said, the Monterey pine is a large tree better suited to wide open spaces where it can reach its full size. Monterey pines are susceptible to pitch canker for which there is no cure. Beetles, aphids and sooty molds are also problems with these pines. With shallow root systems, Monterey pines will blow over during periods of heavy rains and winds. Monterey pines should never be planted near power lines as they quickly require much pruning.

Maximum height
80-100 feet

Life Span
60-80 years

Criteria for Ranking

1 (low) - 5 (high)

Drought Tolerance after first year establishment 5
Wind Tolerance 3*
Frost Tolerance 5
Surface Roots/Sidewalk Lifting 2*
Power Lines Proximity

1* (NO!)
Cost/Maintenance 2*
Disease Resistance/Hardiness 2*
*note Monterey pines will drop branches in high winds and cause property damage.
Because of shallow root system entire mature trees can blow over in wind storms.
*note asterisk denote species has shallow surface roots and will lift sidewalks easily.
*note asterisk denote species causes major problems with power lines.
*note species can be costly to maintain, especially when planted in the wrong spot.
*note Monterey Pine has many pests and diseases such as Pitch canker, sooty mold, scale, and boring beetles.

Location Monterey pines are visible in many location in Marina and on the peninsula.