Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata)

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Coastal pine found only in scattered locations in the fog belt of California; needles in bundles of 3; cones large, closed, distinctively asymmetrical, without prickles.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: In pure stands or mixed with Monterey cypress and/or Bishop pine in coastal areas of California's fog belt, primarily in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo counties.

Stature: 40-100 feet high; to 5 feet in diameter; with an open, rounded crown.

Needles: In bundles of 3; 4-6 inches long; bright green.

Bark: Thin and whitish when young; furrowed and dark reddish brown to gray or black with age.

Cones: 3-7 inches long; distinctively asymmetrical; scales thick, without prickles; with very short stems; often remaining closed on the branch for years.

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Pinus radiata

Pinus radiata

Pinus radiata

Pinus radiata

Pinus radiata

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