The roots have been used to make baskets. The bark has been used as a roofing material in houses. The needles contain a substance called terpene, this is released when rain washes over the needles and it has a negative effect on the germination of some plants, including wheat. Oleo-resins are present in the tissues of all species of pines, but these are often not present in sufficient quantity to make their extraction economically worthwhile. The resins are obtained by tapping the trunk, or by destructive distillation of the wood. In general, trees from warmer areas of distribution give the higher yields. Turpentine consists of an average of 20% of the oleo-resin and is separated by distillation. Turpentine has a wide range of uses including as a solvent for waxes etc, for making varnish, medicinal etc. Rosin is the substance left after turpentine is removed. This is used by violinists on their bows and also in making sealing wax, varnish etc. Pitch can also be obtained from the resin and is used for waterproofing, as a wood preservative etc. The pitch has been used as a face cream to prevent sunburn. The pitch can be used as an adhesive on pottery etc.Wood - light, soft, close grained. It burns well and gives off a pleasant odour.
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This species is closely related to P. cembroides and considered to be no more than a sub-species of it by some botanists. The main difference is that this species has its leaves in bundles of four whilst P. cembroides has them in bundles of two or three. Plants are strongly outbreeding, self-fertilized seed usually grows poorly. They hybridize freely with other members of this genus. It extensively hybridizes with P. californiarum in most of its range. The cones open and shed their seed whilst still attached to the tree. A slow growing tree, taking 25 years from sowing until it produces a crop of seeds. The tree is long-lived, taking 250 - 350 years to reach maturity. Leaf secretions inhibit the germination of seeds, thereby reducing the amount of plants that can grow under the trees.Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus.
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