radiata pine (Pinus radiata)

Tree to 50 metres high.
Natural Distribution: 
Native to North America.

Radiata pine were once planted as feature trees or windbreaks. Wildlings (seedlings from the adult plant) spread rapidly and invade bushlands. In Taroona, the occasional mature radiata pine still exists along the foreshore. Wildlings are often seen in bushland reserves. The acidic environment beneath mature pines created by fallen pine needles is incompatible with the growth and/or survival of any other understorey species. 

Dispersal:  Pine cones release winged seeds which are dispersed by wind, water and birds.  

Control:  Small seedlings may be hand-pulled. Larger trees must be cut and pasted, or drilled and filled.