Turkish Pine in the White Mountains of Crete

The photo above shows an old, twisted Turkish pine (Pinus brutia) on the Greek island of Crete. It was taken in the White Mountains (Lefka Ori), at an elevation of 6,827 ft (2,081 m), not far from the summit of Gigilos, on August 15, 2010.   Image credit: Vagelis Diamantakis, summary Author: Kotsaftis Xristos, Jim Foster

This withered specimen is long past its prime. Turkish pines typically grow upwards of 70 ft (21 m) tall and have rather thick trunks, occasionally over 3 ft (1 m) in diameter. Native to the eastern Mediterranean region, Turkish pines are sometimes grown for timber. In recent years, these hardy pines have been planted as ornamentals in parks and backyards of areas subject to drought and extreme heat.

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