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The Australian War Memorial, in conjunction with Yarralumla Nursery in Canberra, has a range of Lone Pine seedlings available for purchase.

The Lone Pine seedlings – Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis) – have been grown from seeds collected from the Lone Pine tree at the Memorial and propagated by Yarralumla Nursery.

The story of the Lone Pine

On 6 August 1915 the 1st Australian Infantry Division launched a major offensive at Plateau 400 on Gallipoli. The ridges, once covered with the Aleppo pine, had been cleared to provide cover for the Turkish trenches, leaving just one, solitary pine. The area became known as Lone Pine Ridge.

After three days of brutal fighting the Anzacs succeeded in capturing the enemy trenches, but this bloody action cost the Australians 2,000 men. The Turks’ losses were estimated at 7,000.

After the battle, Lance Corporal Benjamin Charles Smith, 3rd Battalion AIF, collected several pine cones from the branches used to cover the Turkish trenches. He sent the cones home to his mother, Jane McMullin, in remembrance of his brother Mark, who had died in the fighting on 6 August. From one of these cones Mrs McMullin sowed several seeds, and successfully raised two seedlings. One was planted in Inverell, where both her sons had enlisted. The other was presented to the Australian War Memorial, to be planted in the grounds in honour of all the sons who fell at Lone Pine.

Lone Pine Tree at Australian War Memorial Lone Pine plaque

Product details and current availability:

 Size

Approximate height

Price

Availability

Seedling - forestry tube

100 – 150 mm

$20.00

Available

Seedling - 140 mm pot

200 – 250 mm

$50.00

Available

Seedling - 200 mm pot

600  700 mm

$100.00

Available

Tree - 300 mm pot

800 – 1000 mm

$200.00

Available

Depending on the seedlings’ growth cycle, different sizes are available at different times. Sizes and pricing are subject to change.  

Lone Pine seedlings (L-R: forestry tube, 140mm pot, 200mm pot, 300mm pot)                

About the seedlings

These trees are intended for commemorative purposes, and are best planted within expansive natural environments (e.g. civic spaces such as public parks, memorial gardens, schools, or private acreage etc.). The Aleppo pine is not suitable for the home garden, owing to its’ average size upon maturity (approximately 20 metres high and 15 metres wide).

The Aleppo pine is not suitable for tropical environments.

How do I order a seedling?

To place an order, please print and complete a PDF icon 2017 AWM Lone Pine Order Form and return to lonepine@awm.gov.au. The eSales Team will then contact you and confirm availability and pricing.

Your order will be processed once payment has been received. Please allow three weeks for processing of your order. Delivery time is in addition to this processing and is dependent on postal/courier services to your address.

If you require a seedling for an upcoming event or ceremony please include the date the plant is required by on your order form.

For enquiries or further assistance, please contact the eSales Team:

Email: lonepine@awm.gov.au

Phone: 02 6243 4555 (select option 3)

Fax: 02 6243 4469

How do I receive my seedling?

Collection

Seedlings can be collected by appointment only. Please contact the eSales Team (contact details above) to arrange a suitable time.

Please note: seedlings are not kept at the Australian War Memorial.

Delivery

Delivery charges are payable in addition to the cost of the seedling/s.

Lone Pine seedlings and trees are subject to state and territory quarantine laws. Due to quarantine restrictions we are unable to send seedlings to South Australia, Western Australia or Tasmania. Please check with your local state authority for further information.

 

Size

Destination

Quantity

Delivery charge

Seedlings - Forestry tube

sent Express Post by Australia Post

ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, VIC

1 – 5 seedlings

$20.00

5 – 10 seedlings

$40.00

Over 10 seedlings

Please contact us for a quote

Seedlings – 140mm and 200mm pot

sent by courier

Major metropolitan areas – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

1 – 2 seedlings

$100.00

Over 2 seedlings

Please contact us for a quote

Regional areas - ACT, NSW, QLD, VIC and Darwin

(for regional areas within NT please contact us for a quote

1 – 2 seedlings

$120.00

Over 2 seedlings

Please contact us for a quote

Tree - 300mm pot

sent by courier

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Please contact us for a quote

Please note: delivery charges are based on metropolitan destinations and are subject to change. If additional charges apply for your destination you will be contacted before your order is processed.

Care and planting information

The Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis) is an evergreen tree, common across the Mediterranean region, where it frequently grows in hard, dry sites and can withstand very hot conditions. It is a popular ornamental tree that is extensively planted in gardens and parks, and has been widely cultivated as a street and forestry tree in temperate regions of Australia.

The Aleppo pine is a small-to-medium tree that grows at a medium rate up to an approximate height of 20 metres and a width of up to 15 metres. The trunk can grow up to one metre in diameter. In favourable conditions it may grow larger. The bark is light grey and smooth when young, turning a reddish brown with furrows and scaly ridges in maturity.

The tree prefers to be in well-drained soils, but also grows in sandy or loamy soils that are also nutritionally poor.

Aleppo pines must be planted in sunny positions and can tolerate drought once established. Regular watering is required when young. The trees will tolerate wind and can be used as a wind break.

Additional information

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Suggested text for plaques can be found here.