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Trees & Shrubs

Calabrian pine (Pinus brutia)

Description

The Calabrian pine presents some similarities with the Aleppo pine, but is taller, reaching up to 25-30 meters tall, more robust and straighter. Its leaves consist in longer pointy needles, normally 10-16cm long, and either bright green or yellowish green. The cones are short, 6-11 cm long and 5 cm wide; they are initially green, but at around two years of age they turn into glossy red-brown. The following year they open up to spread the seeds, opening between 5-8cm.

Habitat

It has wide distribution range throughout the whole of Greece, including Thrace, eastern Macedonia, the northern and eastern Aegean islands, and Crete.

Protection status

This species is listed as “Not Evaluated” by the IUCN Red List.

Interesting facts

This tree species secrets large quantities of extra sugar, therefore it attracts many insects and bees that produce honey out of it.

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