Yesterday driving back from farming hunting east of Nimitabel I stopped in Michalego to take some photos of these pinus pinea trees at the cemetery. The tree in the foreground is what they look like when they have been pruned a little. The lollypop trees in the background is what they look like ala - naturale.
There are no cones on these trees (just like all the pine nut trees in the region) because of the drought. It will be interesting to see if there has been enough rain for these guys to flower in the spring. Even then, it will be another 3 years before any cones are ready - thats a long time to wait for new seeds for seedlings. It makes the little stash of last winter's seeds I have from a local stand of trees very precious indeed.