Alright, for Mystery Species 3 of 22, we have decided to increase the difficulty level. After all, spotting species in the wild can be quite challenging! We will be posting a mystery species each weekday of April in celebration of 50 years of Earth Month. Collect all 22 species on our handy Collector’s Card.
Conservation Status: least concern
Height: up to 40 m
- Most cones remain shut with resin until opened by the heat of a forest fire
- While considered a valuable softwood lumber in Europe, it is classified as a serious invasive species in New Zealand
- Closely related to the jack pine, with which it sometimes hybridizes
- Individual needles can live up to 13 years
- A food source for a variety of birds, squirrels, and porcupine