Pinus thunbergii
Black Pine

Origin Of Species
Physical Description
Black pine is a small, irregularly-shaped conifer that may reach thirty feet in height and almost forty feet across.  Its bark and twigs display a characteristic gray tint.  The long evergreen needles are three to seven inches long and are found in groups of two.  The male flowers are reddish yellow and accumulate in clusters near branch tips in the spring.  Female flowers of black pines are red ovules.  The fruits are in light brown woody cones with small prickles that may reach three inches in length and two inches in width.
Habitat And Distribution
Black pines thrive in relatively dry soils with ample sunlight, so are abundant only in North and South Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, and Delaware.
Location On Campus
Black pines are found as cultivated specimens along Richmond Way between Tyler Haynes Commons and Puryear Hall.
Negative Impacts
Often planted as ornamentals, black pines are able to spread to other areas under favorable conditions.
VDCR Invasiveness Ranking
Occasionally Invasive Species

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