Creation: Pine tree crosses

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Pine trees begin growing in the spring. Some species of pine grow new shoots in the form of a crucifix in the days before Easter—late March or early April. Whether or not a pine tree produces shoots in the form of a crucifix depends on the species, the local weather and its geographical location.

The “cross” or lateral growth of the new pine tree shoots is not the same for all species. Most pine species have a double lateral growth and so do not resemble a crucifix. Loblolly pines, widespread in the southern United States, and ponderosa pines, found in the west, do produce new shoots in the form of crosses.

Botanist David Hershey states that pine trees have a natural cycle of growth. The trees begin growing in the spring, prosper during the summer, slow their growth in the fall, and stay dormant in the winter. Scientists do not know the precise reason why new shoots on these particular species of pine look like crosses.

pinetree cross

Read more about Loblolly pines (Pinus taeda) and Pondorosa pines (Pinus ponderosa).

H/t FOTM’s swampygirl


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9 responses to “Creation: Pine tree crosses

  1. How cool is THAT? Never noticed them before!

  2. I love loblolly pines. There is nothing like the smell in the spring after a rain. I guess I never noticed the cross. It’s also interesting that the new growth is called a “candle”. There is so much to learn, and in the learning we can learn more about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We truly are without excuse for all creation praises Him.

  3. It took me many years, until today, as a matter of fact, to learn that.

  4. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this amazing post. I will now observe the pine trees here and look for the spring crosses. How beautiful!

  5. Wow! Beautiful post. You taught me something new today, as usual…thank you.
    God bless.

  6. I cant wait to go look outside tomorrow, I have tons of them on my property. I wonder If Atheists get a headace and get sick when they see a pine tree, I have heard they get ill when they see a cross……they better stay out of a pine forest!

  7. traildustfotm

    I love this! 😀

  8. Do you know long does the new growth remains in the shape of the cross?


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