Pinus coulteri: Coulter pine

The Coulter pine or big-cone pine, Pinus coulteri, is a native of the coastal mountains of Southern California and northern Baja California [Mexico]. Isolated groves are found as far north as the San Francisco Bay Area in Mt. Diablo State Park and Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. The species is named after Thomas Coulter, an Irish botanist and physician.


The outstanding characteristic of this tree is the large, spiny cones which are 20ā€“40 cm [8ā€“16 in] long, and weigh 2ā€“5 kg [4-10 lbs] when fresh.


Coulter pines produce the largest cones of any pine tree species [people are actually advised to wear hardhats when working in Coulter pine groves], although the slender cones of the sugar pine are longer. The large size of the cones has earned them the nickname “widowmakers” among locals.

Source: Wikipedia

Photos: Dried Pine Cone @ retreat house in Sharp Mountain, Jasper, Georgia.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s