Meet the Pines: Pitch Pine

Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida) has three needles per bundle and spiny seed cones. Mature cones tend to be held on Pitch Pines for many years. The following photos show various parts of the tree, including winter buds, male pollen cones (I gathered my first Pitch Pine pollen cones in May 2013), newborn female cones, one-year-old green seed cones, ripe seed cones (which take 2-3 years to mature), and finally some hungry needle-eaters.

Learn about other pines: Eastern White PineRed PineScotch Pine

2 thoughts on “Meet the Pines: Pitch Pine”

  1. Thank you for your pitch pine pictures. They helped me identify the young female and male pollen cones I noticed along the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp trail.

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