Maritime Pine, Bryher, Isles of Scilly
Many male cones and one female cone
Female cones on loose spike
Close-up of female cone
Young cone with scale points
Older cone with scale points
Paired, slightly twisted leaves
May to June
It is found mainly in the Southwest and is thinly scattered
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It is a neophyte which was first grown in the UK in the 1590s
and recorded in the wild in the early 1850s.
It grows mainly by the South coast and is naturalised in Dorset
and Hampshire where it self seeds and can be invasive on
Inland, it is planted in parks, estates, large gardens and amenity
Maritime Pine is and evergreen, coniferous tree growing up to 35m.
In exposed conditions it can be much shorter and almost prostrate.
Male cones are orange, up to 1.5cm and in groups.
They replace short shoots.
Female flowers are up to 2.5cm, bright pink and in clusters of
3 to 5 at the tip of the shoot..
They replace long shoots.
Cones are up to 18cm, green and then brown.
The scales have a deciduous point. Cones are persistent and
can remain on the tree for years.
The leaves are in 2s, up to 25cm and may be slightly curved.
The bark is dark brown.
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