perhaps it is Balfour
In sheltered localities it grows straight as an arrow with fine round delicately tapered [bole] & with branches upturned & [long] cylindric with leaves. In mid age it specializes certain limbs & reaches [them] far out for the bearing of cones after the [manner] of the sugar p [pine]
[ ] [it a great deal of] [ ] [for] producing very picturesque effects
In old age its branches droop & are
long & slender & cast about in every direction & style the lower portion of branchlets naked. The ends tasseled with leaves that stand out at right angles to stem & all around equally the trunks [have] a rough brown bark but sometimes smooth much like Monticola also in leaves & cones the [latter] not so long & darker brown
The cones are dark blue when young
The old trees are often very gnarly &
Original journal dimensions: 8 x 12 cm.
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