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Pinaceae - Pine
Leaves: Needles in bundles of 3; 2" to 4" long; stiff; dark green; evergreen, remain on tree 3 to 4 years.
Twigs/buds: Twigs grayish-green, hairless, lustrous.
Flowers/fruit: Monoecious. Fruit a woody cone; 2" to 3" long; curved, triangular spine on the tips of the scales.
Bark: Scaly bark that comes off in patches like a London planetree; irregular patches of green, white, and brown; very distinctive.
Wood: Fine-grained, brittle; has been used by Chinese for making coffins; little information available.
General: Native to China. Tolerant of a variety of conditions, including pavement nearby. Fairly cold and alkaline-soil tolerant; shade intolerant.
Landscape Use: Very desirable tree. Use as a specimen tree where showy bark can be observed. Foliage and canopy shape and size remind me of a Scotch pine. Should be planted more often. Zones 4-8.
- Pinaceae - Pine
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