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An evergreen conifer, with a fairly rapid growth, the pinus pinea is native to the countries bordering the Mediterranean; it has an erect stem, with reddish bark, which breaks into quite large, gray-brown plates. The ramifications start only in the top area of the trunk, giving rise to a large rounded crown, which over time assumes a characteristic umbrella shape; the leaves are needle-like, joined two by two, 10-15 cm long, of a greyish green color. The male inflorescences are small, yellowish in color; the female inflorescences consist of large green pine cones, which become woody when ripe, releasing the seeds; these are oily seeds, with a woody shell, called pine nuts:the stone pine is the only conifer from which significant quantities of pine nuts are obtained. Many domestic pines are seen on the Italian coasts, as they have been used in many areas to consolidate the coasts.