Italian stone pine Pinaceae Pinus pinea
Leaf:Evergreen needles, to 5 inches long in fascicles of 2, thin, straight, blue-green, persistent fascicle sheath.
Flower:Species is monoecious; males cylindrical, in tight cluster at branch tips; females small, reddish purple with loose scales at branch tips.
Fruit:Woody cone, 3 to 5 inches long, brown, broadly rounded, thick rounded cone scales unarmed; bearing large edible pine nuts.
Twig:Moderately stout, ash-gray to gray-brown; buds ovoid with red-brown scales.
Bark:Light gray and smooth when young, turning reddish brown and furrowed, eventually developing plates with black edges.
Form:Usually a medium sized tree up to 70 feet tall but can attain 120 feet, with an umbrella-shaped crown.