Pines commonly produce three types of buds: terminal buds, needle buds and adventitious buds.
Terminal buds, often referred to as apical buds when they appear at the top of the tree, are the buds located at the tips of branches.
Large terminal bud flanked by two lateral or accessory buds
Needle buds are buds that form between sets of needles.
Young shoot developed from a needle bud
Adventitious buds are buds that form elsewhere, typically directly from branch or trunk tissue.
Small adventitious bud
Vigorous adventitious buds
The ability to distinguish between these three bud types can be useful when cultivating pine as bonsai. Can you spot all three bud types on your trees?
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