Mother Torrey Expands

Torrey Pine Sprouts next to mother tree (Pinus torreyana)

The Wikipedia entry for Torrey Pines says:

The Torrey pinePinus torreyana, is a rare pine species in CaliforniaUnited States. It is a critically endangered species growing only in San Diego County in the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and the coastal town of Del Mar to the immediate north, and on Santa Rosa Island and San Miguel Island, offshore from Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara County.[2] The Torrey pine is endemic to the California coastal sage and chaparral ecoregion.

All the more reason to celebrate the growth of new branches of Torrey Pine right here in the park’s Native Plant Area. This is not wonderful soil and it’s an area heavily worked over by a colony of Ground Squirrels, so the emergence of these plants through a heavy sage brush is something to celebrate. The brilliant young people who created the Native Plant Area in the early 1980s included Torrey Pines, and the mature trees that grant their splendor to the canopy today stem from those labors. But planting is one thing and succession is another. A garden isn’t sustainable unless the plants reproduce themselves. Here at least one of the Torrey Pine parents is demonstrating its happiness by spreading its arms and sprouting new offshoots under its wing. That means there’s hope for the other Torrey Pines in the area. Having a living stand of these rare and endangered trees here in the park is an enviable asset that makes the park a regional destination.

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