|Needle Shape||Medium-long and thin|
|Max. Ornament Weight||Moderate weight ornaments and lights|
|Needle Retention*||Consistently excellent|
* Gauged by the number of needles retained on January 1st by a tree cut on Thanksgiving and well cared for thereafter. Poor does not mean the tree will simply be a bunch of barren twigs – it will still look presentable, but significantly sparser than when it was cut.
The superb needle retention and stiff branches of the Scotch Pine are its claim to fame as a Christmas tree. A properly treated cut Scotch Pine will retain 80-90% of its needles for over a month, and the branches can hold all but the heaviest ornaments and lights. Even a dried-out Scotch Pine will retain its needles well. Like White Pine, the foliage gives off little fragrance and is rather dense, leaving few gaps for big ornaments to hang freely.