Beautiful Pine Trees in old Hope garden

Discussion in 'Gymnosperms (incl. Conifers)' started by Andrea Ernst, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. Andrea Ernst

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    Hello - could someone please help me identify a group of pine trees? There are in an abandoned garden behind the Hope Husky. The 30 to 40 foot trees have a light airy feel and a blue green colour. The leaves (?) are in groups of 2, and about 2 to 2 1/2 inches long and the bark is very dark and I don't think very ridged or scaley looking. I think they would appriecate more light than they are receiving right now. The cone is small - about two inches long and very tight right now. I would so love to identfy what exact tree this is so I can find some. Any suggestions?
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    Andrea ernst
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    The common sparse (see-through), 2-needle pine with a bluish leaf color is Pinus sylvestris. This usually has orangish underbark, often this coloring is quite apparent. Crowded trees might have "dark" bark, but still some orange should be evident.
     
  3. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Agree with Pinus sylvestris (Scots Pine) as the only blue-toned pine with needles that short, that can be found that far north.

    Had they been green rather than blue-green, then Pinus contorta (Lodgepole Pine) would have been the most likely.
     
  4. Andrea Ernst

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    Thank you for both of your replies. BUT I have gone and looked at these trees twice on my back to Vernon and there is no orange on the bark. Now that may be because it is a very wet area and also quite a dark spot. But it seems that the bark is quite smooth and a grey/black. They do not have the appearance of Lodgepole pine. I am guessing and that is why I need an expert thought here other than my own, that they are some more rare variety of pine. They have an airy way of floating in the air - if that makes sense?
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Any chance of some photos?
    Try to get close-ups of the foliage and cones (use a scanner if you don't have a digital camera).
     
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    jimmyq Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    next time I am in Hope I will have a look, I know the spot you are talking about but cant picture the Pines.
     
  7. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    There's a good pun in there somewhere, I just know it.
     
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    jimmyq Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    at least they arent just beyond Hope.
     
  9. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I'm pining for those photos already . . .
     

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