Scots pine and bluebell win poll of most popular native plants

Harebell
Harebell
The Scots pine has been voted Scotland’s favourite native tree and the Scottish bluebell is named the nation’s most popular native flower, in a survey conducted by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).
 
The survey, which opened online last April, attracted 1,677 votes from Scotland and the UK as well as 37 countries around the world including America, Canada and Australia.
 
The results reveal that the iconic Scots pine is the number one choice with 15 per cent of the vote.  Seen as evocative of Scotland’s landscape, the Scots pine is an important provider of habitat for species such as crossbill, pine marten and capercaillie.
 
In second place, with 14 per cent of the votes, is the Scottish bluebell or harebell.
 
The rowan tree is in third place, the Scottish primrose – one of a handful of British flowers that only occur naturally in Scotland – is in fourth place and the silver birch in fifth place.
 
Votes have also been received for some more unusual choices including bog myrtle, melancholy thistle, Arran whitebeam, round-leaved sundew, twinflower, eyebright and woolly willow.
 
RBGE’s science conservation officer Dr Heather McHaffie said:  "The survey has been fascinating and has also helped provoke discussion about the fragility of our trees and plants.  Many of Scotland’s native species are vulnerable or endangered. This can be for a number of reasons from changing land uses or grazing to climate change.  From Shetland to the Borders, RBGE is taking a lead to bring at least 75 per cent of threatened native species into its conservation collections."
 
The survey was inspired by Scotland’s Big 5 campaign to identify Scotland’s favourite wildlife.   When Scottish Natural Heritage revealed that its ‘big five’ were animals and birds, RBGE decided to champion biodiversity and find Scotland’s five most popular native trees, plants and shrubs.
 
Both the SNH and RBGE surveys were part of the Year of Natural Scotland celebrations, championed by VisitScotland.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

Business planning - Planning for uncertainty

Business planning - Planning for uncertainty

Planning, organisation and discipline are all areas where horticulture firms can take lessons from the military, says Neville Stein.

Kniphofia

Kniphofia

These useful plants are persistent, need little attention and offer striking colour combinations, says Miranda Kimberley.

Protected Cropping Structures - Polytunnels

Protected Cropping Structures - Polytunnels

Cost factors, ventilation benefits and the ability to fit new advanced films are some of the reasons behind the popularity of these structures, says Sally Drury.


Opinion... Bridges needed across the sectors

Opinion... Bridges needed across the sectors

Horticulture Week's careers guide (HW, April 2018) is a revealing insight into what constitutes "a horticulturist". Horticulture is a coherent discipline.

Opinion... Why flower shows need to evolve

Opinion... Why flower shows need to evolve

While the number of regional flower shows at stately homes and municipal public areas grows, the number of nurseries trading at these events reduces.

Opinion... Standardisation good for the trade

Opinion... Standardisation good for the trade

Horticulture could benefit from streamlining in the supply chain.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +
Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Horticulture Week Top 60 Ornamentals nurseries

See our exclusive ranking of ornamentals nurseries by annual turnover. 

Tim Edwards

Boningales Nursery chairman Tim Edwards on the business of ornamentals production
 

Read Tim Edwards

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Peter Seabrook

Inspiration and insight from travels around the horticultural world
 

Read more Peter Seabrook articles