A Sneezy Pine in High Bloom

Pinus contorta
Pinus contorta
Pinus contorta

If you’ve been sneezing while walking on the southside path along Spinnaker Way, the reason is probably the enthusiastic growth of these Shore Pines (Pinus contorta), sometimes known as Lodgepole Pines.  Park management planted them a few years ago to replace fallen Monterey Pines and Monterey Cypress trees that date from around the time the park first opened in the late 1980s. The candle-like uprights are pollen cones, not seed cones.  Thanks to the pollen cones, the Shore pine is able to self-pollinate; it does not need a companion plant to reproduce.  These trees are in high bloom during late April – early May.  

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