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Freaky plant that releases clouds of pollen

Tap a cone of the stone pine and a huge cloud of pollen billows out!

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  • This is the tree is where pine nuts come from! These seeds are extracted by picking the cones and then heating them up. It is thought that pine nuts have been eaten by humans since prehistoric times.
  • The stone pine has the longest maturing cones out of all of the Pinus trees.
  • If you tap a cone, a huge cloud of pollen is released (watch the video on this page).

Where it grows

The stone pine is native to the Mediterranean climates of southern Europe.

Wildlife facts

The seeds are dispersed by magpies.


  • Crown: cluster of leaves and branches at the top of trunk.