Pinus densiflora

The dwarf shoots of Pinus look quite different from the dwarf shoots of Larix. The branch below at the left on the photo is a long shoot from last year with many tiny dwarf shoots each of which has a bundle containing two needles. The almost vertical new long shoot, which is seen at the right is created from the meristem situated on the needle end of one of the former dwarf shoots from last year. The new long shoot is covered with brown scale leaves, which fall of within short, but new dwarf shoots with future needles are growing from the base of the scale leaves within short. No meristem is left directly on the old long shoots, and the shoots of next year will all start from the meristems just under the recent needles.