Umbrella Pine

  • Umbrella Pine
  • Umbrella Pine
  • Umbrella Pine


A monument of wisdom and beauty

A very typical conifer variety, native to the Mediterranean basin, the umbrella pine is the emblem of our four-star campsite Les Jardins de La Pascalinette®: just look at our logo!

This majestic tree is much more than just a piece of the landscape; it embodies an important part of the region’s history, culture and ecosystem. You will come across it very often in the Var area, French Riviera-Côte d’Azur, during your escapades in Nos Coins de Paradis ® (Our Corners of Paradise)!

Its name comes from the shape of its branches when it matures. It is also found in western France, but the umbrella pines found in the woods and maquis of Provence are far more stunning! 😉

The umbrella pine masterfully adapts to its terrain and always seeks the sun’s rays, so it often has a twisted trunk! It rarely exceeds 30 metres in height. Its needles are long and forked.

A culinary asset

The fruit of the umbrella pine is called the pine nut and here in the Var, families love to go hunting for them! When look for pine cones that have fallen to the ground, empty them and break the seeds to unveil the treasure within… Pine nuts are often used in pastries and many traditional Mediterrean recipes. In days gone by, they were thought to have an aphrodisiac effect.

The umbrella pine has been celebrated for centuries for its grace and robustness. In ancient times, the Greeks and Romans admired its beauty and believed it to have various powers. It was a symbol of longevity and wisdom.

The ancient Egyptians even used its resin to preserve mummies.

Leonardo da Vinci inspired a famous anecdote about the umbrella pine: it is said that the geometry of its branches prompted him to design an umbrella hinge. At the crossroads of art, science and nature, this remarkable tree boasts a remarkable aesthetic and practical impact.

In addition to its cultural significance, the umbrella pine plays an essential role in our Mediterranean ecosystems, providing shade and shelter for a wide diversity of flora and fauna, including birds, insects and plants. So, it is the perfect ally for a nature campsite like ours!


Latin name :Pinus pinea
Family :Pinaceae
Genus :pinus
Color :Green
Origin :Mediterranean
Foliage :Conifer
Port :Tree
Height :Up to 30 m
Umbrella Pine

Did you know?

Its seeds, known as pine nuts, are used to make cakes or to garnish salads.