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Fir tree?

Observed: 7th September 2011 By: Vb3886
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Description:

Fir/spruce/larch/pine/cedar? I'm rubbish at telling the difference.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) interacts

Comments

Vb3886's picture

Thanks

Thanks David for the identification.

It's much appreciated.

Vicky

David Trevan's picture

Conifer identification

You can identify Pinus quite easily as they have their foliage in needles that are arranged in bundles. Scot's Pine has 2 needles, quite short while Monterey has 3 needles, Pines from the Himalayas and Mexico tend to have 5 needles.Hope that's useful!

David J Trevan

Vb3886's picture

Definitely!

That makes it a lot easier.
I suppose most of the pines in Britain are scots pines.
Thanks again!

David Trevan's picture

Conifer identification

You can identify Pinus quite easily as they have their foliage in needles that are arranged in bundles. Scots Pine has 2 needles, quite short while Monterey has 3 needles, Pines from the Himalayas and Mexico tend to have 5 needles.Hope that's useful!

David J Trevan

David Trevan's picture

PInus!

Scots Pine is our only native Pine and I think there are still stands of it in Scotland.I forgot to say that they have a wonderful reddish-orange bark as they mature,and lovely shape.
You can't assume every Pine you see is Scots however, there are many others grown in forestry like Corsican Pines(Pinus nigra var maritima and on the Isle of Wight we grow Pinus radiata the Monterey Pine from California, also common by the sea in the West Country etc.One of my favourites is the Stone Pine Pinus pinea from the Mediterranean.

David J Trevan