Table Mountain Pine (Pinus pungens)

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Small to medium-sized, wind-swept pine scattered at higher elevations in the Appalachians; needles 1-2.5 inches long, in bundles of 2; cones 2.5-3.5 inches long, with thickened scales and distinctive, hooked prickles.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: Scattered at higher elevations in the Appalachian Mountains, especially on dry and rocky slopes and ridges; usually mixed with other trees but occasionally growing in pure stands.

Stature: 20-60 feet high; trunk to 1.5 feet in diameter; with an irregular crown.

Needles: In bundles of 2 (rarely 3); 1-2.5 inches long; dark blue-green; stiff and sharp; twisted.

Bark: Light to dark brown; broken into plates.

Cones: 2.5-3.5 inches long; oblong; scales thick, tipped with long, hooked prickles.

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Pinus pungens

Pinus pungens

Pinus pungens

Pinus pungens

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