Scotch Pine

Pinus sylvestris


Scotch pine is a straight growing tree with an irregular shape. From a distance, the orange color of the upper trunk and branches is clearly visible. Younger Scotch pines are popular Christmas trees. This specimen was found growing just north of the police station at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.
Needles grow in bundles of two. The are approximately 2 1/2" (6.75cm) long and do not break cleanly when bent.
Cones are short, a little longer than they are wide with large stiff cone scales.
The bark on the upper branches and trunk of the Scotch pine is distinctively peeling and bright orange. The bark at the base of the tree is deeply furrowed and dark grey.


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