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Stone pine

Scientific name
Pinus pinea

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Also known as the Italian stone pine, the umbrella pine and the parasol pine.

The stone pine grows to a height of over 25 metres and has red-brown bark and plates, features that differentiate it from other Mediterranean pines. Its cones produce the edible pine seeds that are used as ingredients in several dishes that form part of the local diet here and are characterised by the fact that they only open at high temperature, so that a fire can cause them to open and the seeds to be germinated.

The tree is found in several areas of the Jardí Botànic . These are large exemplars, remains from the flora that grew here before the Garden itself was created.