Pinus pinaster

plantation: Restauration Forêts dégradées, France


Common names: Pin maritime, Maritime pine
Type of foliage:
Life expectancy: 100 years
Total weight of CO2 captured: 150 Kg
Height: 35 m


Pinus pinaster is a medium-size tree, reaching 20–35 m tall and with a trunk diameter of up to 1.2 m, exceptionally 1.8 m. Maritime pine is closely related to Turkish pine, Canary Island pine, and Aleppo pine, which all share many features with it. It is a relatively non-variable species, with constant morphology over the entire range.
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Usefulness of the tree

The Pinus pinaster, or maritime pine, is a versatile species with practical applications contributing to environmental sustainability and economic activities. Its tall stature and durable wood make it valuable for construction and furniture making. The tree's resin is harvested for industrial purposes, including varnishes and adhesives.

In environmental terms, maritime pines aid in erosion control with their extensive root systems, particularly beneficial in coastal and sandy soil areas. They also serve ornamental purposes, enhancing the aesthetics of parks and urban landscapes. Additionally, the tree plays a role in carbon sequestration, helping mitigate climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide.

Beyond these ecological and economic roles, the planting of Pinus pinaster as memorial trees creates a poignant connection between the living and the departed, fostering emotional healing for grieving families. This dual functionality exemplifies the tree's significance in both practical and symbolic contexts.
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