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Pinus halepensis

Le pin d’Alep
Aleppo Pine

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

♀1 cm

Flowering months

May

Leaf type

Needle

Height

15-25 m

Description

A conifer native to the Mediterranean. The trunk has orange-red bark with deep fissures. The branches are not evenly balanced giving the tree an irregular appearance. The cones are much smaller then the cones of the other Mediterranean pines and take 24 months to mature.

The wood is used for timber, it is hard, dense and pliable.

Flowers

No true flowers, instead it produces male and female cones.

Leaves

Needle leaf is narrow, pointed, like a needle, e.g. Pinus. In pairs, 6-13 cm long, 1 mm wide.

Fruits Seeds

Cone: narrow, 6-10 cm long, 2-3 cm wide.

Edible

Resin: the Greek wine ‘retsina’ is flavoured with the resin of the Aleppo Pine. In Tunisia a pudding is made from pine nuts.

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