LARGEST U.S. CITIES AND TOWNS WITH RARE PINES
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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