Story: Weeds of the bush

Wilding pines

Wilding pines

These pine trees are spreading over tussock grasslands on Coronet Peak in Central Otago. The main wilding (uncultivated) pine species are Pinus radiata, Pinus contorta and Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). Their seeds are dispersed by the wind, sometimes into tussock grasslands. If nothing is done, the grasslands become pine forest. Small pine seedlings can be pulled out by hand, but larger trees need to be felled and their stumps coated with herbicide.

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Bob Brockie, 'Weeds of the bush - Trees and shrubs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13612/wilding-pines (accessed 18 October 2021)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 18 Apr 2016