Huangshan Pines Picture

The Huangshan Pine is a pine native to the mountains of eastern China

The Huangshan Pine is a pine native to the mountains of eastern China, in the provinces of Anhui, Fujian, Guizhou, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang; it is named after the Huangshan Mountains in Anhui, from where it was first described.

Huangshan Pines is an evergreen tree reaching 15-25 m in height, with a very broad, flat-topped crown of long, level branches. The bark is thick, greyish, and scaly plated. The leaves are needle-like, dark green, 2 per fascicle, 5-8 cm long and 0.8-1 mm wide, the persistent fascicle sheath 1 cm long. The cones are broad squat ovoid, 4-6.5 cm long, yellow-brown, opening when mature in late winter to 5-7 cm broad. The seeds are winged, 5-6 mm long with a 1.5-2.5 cm wing. Pollination is in mid spring, with the cones maturing 18-20 months after. It is closely related to Japanese Black Pine, differing from it in the slenderer leaves, brown (not white) buds and broader cones.

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