Afghan pine Pinaceae Pinus
brutia var. eldarica Ten. var. (Medw.) Silba
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
Looks like: Japanese black pine - Austrian pine - Aleppo pine