Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)

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Non-native but widely introduced pine with twisted needles 1-3 inches long, in bundles of 2; bark distinctively orange on upper branches.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: Natural to northern Eurasia; widely introduced in North America in urban areas and in plantations; popular as a Christmas tree.

Stature: 35-70 feet high; trunk to 2 feet in diameter; with a conical crown when young and a spreading, irregular crown at maturity.

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

Bark: Orange and peeling on young trees or on upper branches of mature trees; gray and broken up into plates when mature.

Cones: 1-3 inches long; oblong; scales flattened, with a blocky to squarish bump at the tip.

(References consulted)

Frequent Mushroom Associates:

Boletus subcaerulescens; many species of Suillus, including Suillus bovinus, Suillus brevipes, Suillus granulatus, Suillus luteus; and others.


Pinus sylvestris

Pinus sylvestris

Pinus sylvestris

Pinus sylvestris

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