Meet the Pines: Scotch Pine

Here in southern Maine, I frequently encounter stands of Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris).  This conifer is native to northern Europe but has been planted throughout New England.  Scotch Pine has two short (~2") needles per bundle.  Look closely, and you'll notice the needles twist along their length.  Red Pine also has two needles per bundle, but they are longer (~5") and straight.  Below are some photos of Scotch Pine.  For more info, including photos of the tree's distinctive bark, visit the Pinus sylvestris profile at GoBotany.

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