Pinus pinea (Umbrella pine) - Plant
Pinus pinea has been cultivated extensively for at least 6,000 years for its edible pine nuts, which have been trade items since early historic times. The tree has been cultivated throughout the Mediterranean region for so long that it has naturalized, and is often considered native beyond its natural range. The Umbrella pine is a coniferous evergreen tree that can exceed 25 metres (82 ft) in height, but 12?20 metres (39?66 ft) is more typical. In youth, it is a bushy globe, in mid-age an umbrella canopy on a thick trunk, and, in maturity, a broad and flat crown over 8 metres (26 ft) in width.The bark is thick, red-brown and deeply fissured into broad vertical plates.