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Pine, Pine Tree
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A Palestinian conifer is the Jerusalem Pine, or the Aleppo Pine (Pinus halepensis), which grows sixty ft. high and has irregularly arranged, slender branches. The cones are short-stalked. There is a variety of Pinus halepensis called Brutia, whose branch system is less dense. These pines grow in the Mediterranean regions in places that are too dry for other conifers.
Experts point out that pines are not mentioned again in the Bible after Nehemiah, but the Jewish historian, Josephus, suggests that pine trees came from the Crimea, and that Hiram, who supplied trees to Solomon, fetched them by ship from there. There is no proof that this is so, but it is an interesting conjecture.