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The Pine Families of Trees in Southern California

The Pine Family of Trees in Southern California
by J. Zimmerman, Ph.D.

What native pine trees can you find in Southern California, from San Diego and Imperial counties in the south up to Monterey, Kern, and Inyo counties?

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The Pine Family of Southern California
as in Peterson's Native Trees of Southern California.

Peterson reports that you can see the Pine Family (Pinaceae) in Southern California in these genera:

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Pines (Pinus).

Pines have needle-like sets of leaves bound in a thin sheath. These species are in Southern California:

False hemlock (Pseudotsuga).

These native false hemlock are found in Southern California:

Firs (Abies).

You find only two native firs in Southern California:

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