I found a shortleaf pine on the ground of a hotel-casino which is located at La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada.
No error! There's no doubt about it : it's a shortleaf pine...
I'm surprised 'cause the tree is pretty much out of his native range in the north. Look there:
On this site, they tell that the minimum average annual temp. that it can support is 10°C (50°F). Here it's 3.3°C (16.5°F) and it can be often -35°F for many days. Much colder! The biggest average annual snowfall within his native range is 32 in (average is 16 in). Here it's 78 in !
I wonder how much it's surprising to see a short leaf pine here. Maybe you can tell me 'cause many of you certainly know the shortleaf pine better than me...
What do you think?
Note: The tree have a height of about 10-15m (30-50ft) and a diameter of 30cm (1 ft). It seems to be in very good health (produces many cones and have a good looking crown) so it surely support well the climate of here.
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