In the Royal National City Park you will find pine mainly on dry ground such as exposed rock, sandy soil and heathland. There are several areas within the park that are known for their stately pines: western Haga, Ulriksdalsåsen ridge and northern Bergshamra.
Sweden’s largest woodpecker species, the almost 45 cm long black woodpecker, is particularly fond of pine. Its heaps of chippings and oval pecking holes are easy to spot.
The pine is rather similar to the spruce, especially when young. But if you look carefully at the needles it is easy to distinguish between the two, since the needles on the pine are longer than those of the spruce and sit in pairs. The seeds sport a thin wing that allows them to be dispersed with the wind.