On a recent visit to the southwestern portion of Des Moines County a most interesting discovery was made. Near the county line, but on the Henry county side was formerly a large grove of the Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris L.). The trees were planted in the early days and have developed into extra-large specimens. In fact a large part of the plantation has already found its way to the saw mill. To the northeast in Danville township of Des Moines County is a considerable tract of timber which is not pastured as heavily as is the rule in Iowa at present. Along the small ravines are seedlings of many trees, among them the Scotch pine. These are present in considerable numbers, sufficient to indicate that their presence is not accidental. Probably thirty to forty were seen without special search. These ranged in size from about eight inches in height on up. The largest of these young pines is about four inches in diameter and tall enough to make a sizable Christmas tree for a Christmas celebration, being probably ten feet tall. This is the first time the writer has seen any pine showing signs of naturalization in our Iowa forests.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1934 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Wilson, Guy West
"Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris) as a Member of the Iowa Flora,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 41(1), 113-114.
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