Pine trees in South Africa.

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Pine trees in South Africa.

Post  lennard on Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:54 pm

I found these beautiful trees in the most southern tip of South Africa:





Did you notice the thin open umbrella Pine, the Pierneef style Pine and the windswept Pines in the pics?

Sadly enough I can not grow Junipers and Pine-like trees well where I am living.

The only ones doing well is the Italian Stone Pine (Pinus pinea). I grow them only 25cm high.

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Re: Pine trees in South Africa.

Post  Xavier de Lapeyre on Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:22 am

Beautiful trees Lennard,

Its strange how the trees change from one region to the next.
Here I've seen "Weeping slash pines" and once a "Broom shaped pine".
Just a bid sad I did not take any pictures for reference Sad

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Post  Brett Simon on Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:52 am

Lennard they are great. I am at Cape Point often and always stare at these. A mate of mine owns the ostrich farm across the road and he too has some. I did some searching on them and the best i got was that they are called Monteray cypress (spelling???). The one outside the gate as you come up the hill is amazing.

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Re: Pine trees in South Africa.

Post  JimLewis on Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:22 pm

For some reason Monterrey pines -- Pinus radiata -- were exported to SA in quantity many years ago. They are native to the California coastline, where they often take odd, picturesque, windblown shapes. They're not a large, commercial pine, so I have no idea why they are there.

However, http://www.invasives.org.za/invasive-species/item/307-radiata-pine|pinus-radiata.html says they are considered an unwanted invasive species in the Cape region. Apparently they were brought there (the site sys) for lumber value and were/are grown in extensive pine plantations, which surprises me a bit.

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