Afghan pine Pinaceae Pinus brutia var. eldarica
Leaf:Evergreen needles, 3 to 6 inhces long, 2 or 3 per fascicle, thin and irregularly twisted, bright green to blue green.
Flower:Species is monoecious; inconspicuous and not showy; male cones yellowish, female cones green.
Fruit:Reddish brown ovate to oblong cone, 3 to 4 inches long.
Twig:Moderately stout, reddish brown; buds narrowly ovoid, reddish brown.
Bark:Silvery-gray for several years, attractive and smooth, becoming furrowed and darker.
Form:Narrow pyramidal in youth, becoming more irregular with age.
*text and photos courtesy Oana Popescu and Carol Loopstra, Texas A&M