PlantsPinus→Pine (Pinus)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: Dwarf varieties attain heights from 2 to 6 feet while standard varieties attain heights to 150 feet or more.
Leaves: Evergreen
Needled
Fruit: Edible to birds
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Useful for timber production
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant

Texas Bluebonnet, Lupinus texensisTexas Bluebonnet, Lupinus texensis
By frostweed on August 19, 2013

This beautiful annual of the Fabaceae family is the most recognized Texas Native Wildflower.

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Location: Cedarhome, WashingtonDate: 2013-05-11
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-02-17
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Location: Rehoboth Beach, DelawareDate: 2017-05-02typical scaly bark, Loblolly Pine
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Location: southern New JerseyDate: 2014-08-09conical shaped Pitch Pine female cones
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Location: Centennial Park, Sydney, N.S.W., AustraliaDate: 2013-09-11
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Location: SDDate: 2020-09-08Grove of Pine trees at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming after
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-02-17
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Location: Centennial Park, Sydney, N.S.W., AustraliaDate: 2013-09-11
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-10-25
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-12-13
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Location: Pines and crags silhouette at Castle CragsDate: 2009-12-09Photo courtesy of: Miguel Vieira
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-06-09male cones
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Location: Red Mtn., ColoradoDate: fall 2006
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Location: SW Co. Red Mtn.Date: fall 2005
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Location: South of Ouray, Co. along the 'Million Dollar Road'Date: fall 2006
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-10-13Eastern White Pine cylindrical female cones
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: 2010-08-19Needles in clusters of 2, Red Pine
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Location: Rehoboth Beach, DelawareDate: 2010-02-26Needles in clusters of 3, Loblolly Pine
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2011-05-01yellow, soft male cones for pollen release
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Location: Aurora, IllinoisDate: 2007-11-19smooth mottled bark of Lacebark Pine
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2009-09-01
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Location: Centennial Park, Sydney,  N.S.W., AustraliaDate: 2013-09-11
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Location: Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton, ILDate: 2010-08-18soft needles in clusters of 5, Limber Pine
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 15, 2018 2:39 PM

There are about 120 species of Pines that are native to most of the Northern Hemisphere, ranging from just south of the tundra down into the tropics. They are evergreen conifers of the Gymnosperms that usually are trees, but some are shrubs. There are two major groups of Pines: the Soft (White) Pines that bear soft needles in clusters of 5 and bear cylindrical female cones with papery cone scales, and the Hard (Black) Pines that bear hard to semi-soft needles in clusters of 2 or 3 and bear conical female cones with woody cone scales. One feature that separates Pines from other conifers is that they have a paper sheath that surrounds the base of the needles. Pines bear soft, yellow pollinate (male) cones that expand in the spring and release yellow pollen. The seed (female) cones are the brown papery or woody structures that bear the seed. Both male and female cones are on the same tree or shrub, so they are monoecious. The first fossils of Pine show up during the Cretaceous Era of over 63 million years ago during the time of the Dinosaurs. Many pines are used as a source of "softwood" lumber, and there are a number of pine plantations planted around the world, even in the tropics of the Southern Hemisphere with Caribbean and Monterey Pines. Pine trees make lovely landscape trees and a few shrubs. Pines like other evergreens drop some needles all year long, but especially so in autumn in the temperate regions to prepare for winter. Most pines prefer sandy, acid soils, often poor in nutrients, but can grow well in silt and/or clay soils that are acid, and a few also in slightly alkaline soils as the Black Pine of Europe. There are a few Pines, like Loblolly & Longleaf of the southern US, that can grow in draining or aeriated wet soils; though generally Pines like well-drained. A good number of Pines sent out a lot of seed after forest fires to colonize the newly open ground.

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Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Aug 4, 2020 2:57 PM

We have begun to collect the nuts from our pine tree. We salt and roast them, or we grind them into a seasoning. You can grind them into seasoning either after roasting them, or just grinding them fresh off the tree.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Pine ID, please? by scvirginia Sep 15, 2021 9:03 PM 8
Smoke or lack of sun? by DaisyI Sep 1, 2021 6:38 PM 26
Are these trees in good shape?? by johnyeah183 Aug 12, 2021 8:01 AM 12
Succulents for high temperatures and high humidity by Willinator Aug 24, 2021 12:40 PM 6
Pine with REALLY LONG leaves?!? (Florida) by sedumzz Jul 6, 2021 11:41 AM 5
Fungus on cactus? by ExistentialCrisis Jul 1, 2021 4:26 PM 1
Douglas Fir Dropping Needles question by chevjoe Jun 19, 2021 11:29 AM 15
Posible tree id from bark by crawgarden May 9, 2021 8:47 PM 18
Is this pine a mugo pine? by arctangent May 5, 2021 6:17 PM 5
blooming in April by Strever May 9, 2021 9:12 AM 29

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