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This large pine from the western Mediterranean has been planted along the Outer Banks of North Carolina because of its salt-spray tolerance. Maritime Pine is an uncommon escape from cultivation in NC, not highly invasive at present.
It has thick needles with only two per fascicle (versus 3-4 for Loblolly); the serotinous (late-opening) cones have stiff, woody scales with a short, stout spike.
Nehalem Bay State Park, Tillamook Co., Oregon 8/6/06.
Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolinacwcook@duke.edu
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