STATUS: Undeclared Weed.
Radiata Pine cone (immature)
Radiata Pine cone
Radiata Pine leaf
STEMS: Grows to 40m, with dark grey deeply ridged bark. It has a strong pine fragrance, and the whole tree is resinous and sticky.
LEAVES: Leaves are soft dark green twisted needles, growing in groups of three. New shoots grow vertically at first (‘candles’).
FLOWERS: Inconspicuous small flowering cones which may take two to three years to mature.
FRUIT / SEED: Winged paper thin seeds are contained in oval pine cones, 8-14cm long.
INVADES: Native forests flanking softwood plantations, heathland, woodland, forests and riparian vegetation.
DISPERSAL: Vegetatively and wind.
CONTROL: Hand pulling, chemical spraying, cut and paint or burning. These trees can be ring-barked or cut down too.