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Mystery Tree #3

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  • Leaves: White on both surfaces; about 1" long; needle-like, with blunt tip and shaped like a hockey stick. Massed on the upper surface of the twig. A tiny groove runs the length of the upper side.
  • Fruit: Large woody cones (4-6" long); cylindrical in shape; have distinctive bracts that look like elephant heads. Fall apart when mature.
  • Twigs: Reddish-brown. Buds clustered at the terminal end are usually round, and are over-lapped by curved needles.
  • Distribution: Occurs along the Pacific coast in Washington, Oregon, and northern California. Commonly found at 3,200-5,600 ft. (1,000-1,700 m) elevation on the west side of the Cascade Mountains.

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