There are more than 100 species of pine tree but none are native to Ireland. the scots pine, Pinus sylvestris has been cultivated for a very long time.
Pins are evergreen conifers. As with all conifers, they do not bear any flowers, instead they produce cones which contain the seeds. It grows in most types of soil, but does not grow as big on wet acid soils.
Some pine trees can be very tall, much too big for most gardens. there are however, many dwarf varieties that are suited to even the smallest garden or for growing in pots.
Scots pine is a very hardy tree, it grows in northern Europe where the winters are much colder than in Ireland.