Monday, September 22, 2008

Mystery Tree A

The needles are a first step at identification.
I always remember the mnemonic I was taught as a child:
'Firs are flat and flexible,
Spruces are sharp and square,
Pines come in packages.'
Well, this 'package' consists of twinned needles:

And the cones are small- less than 2 inches,
with little pointy bits in the sections
(the tree book had a more technical way of putting it,
but it amounted to basically that):

And the bark was definitely distinctive.
Scaly, almost smooth.

Have you guessed what it is yet?
You are right:
It is a mature LODGE POLE PINE.

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