||it is native to west Mediterranean area. It
is present in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Marocco, Algeria, Malta.
||tree of average dimensions, up to 25 meters
high, with a trunk of diameter up to 1.2 meters. The bark is thin, reddish-orange
and with deep vertical cracks. The leaves are green-blue coupled needles,
up to 20 centimeters long. The cones are 10-20 centimeters long and, at
the base, 4-6 centimeters large, when they are closed. They are initially
green then become red-brown when they are 24 months old. They split slowly,
in the following years or after a fire, and drop winged seeds.
||in the Adriatic area this pine has been artificially
wide-spread. It is planted on poor and acid soils, and on sandy dunes as
protection, for the conservation of the soil or as wood. It is resistant
to sea wind.