Bonus List


These are the largest cities (by population) which are within (or partly within) the natural ranges of the rarest native pines in the United States. Each of these pines have a natural range of less than 50 square miles (most native pines, in contrast, have natural ranges of many thousands of square miles). Note that both the Torrey Pine and the Monterey Pine are often planted outside their native range (ironically, the Monterey Pine is one of the most commonly planted pines, yet as a tree in native habitat, found only in a few coastal California locations, it is considered a rare pine). The Torrey Pine is the rarest native U.S. pine, found from Torrey Pines State Reserve along the coast at the north edge of San Diego north to Del Mar (though a pine native to Mexico is even more rare).

1. San Diego, California (Torrey Pine, Pinus torreyana)
2. Monterey, California (Monterey Pine, Pinus radiata)
3. Pacific Grove, California (Monterey Pine, Pinus radiata)
4. Cambria, California (Monterey Pine, Pinus radiata)
5. Del Mar, California (Torrey Pine, Pinus torreyana)

Honorable Mention: Carmel, California, a well-known scenic spot on the coast in the Monterey Pine forest, is #6.

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