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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Himalayan white pine

My brother Steve, visiting from N.C.
With a 99 cent iPhone app, today we measured this remarkable white pine at 87 feet tall. With long (7") drooping needles in clusters of five, and a cone considerably larger than our native eastern white pine, it was identified as Himalayan white pine (Pinus wallichiana), probably well over 100 years old, on property in Grosse Pointe that was once part of a large old estate.
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