Plants in the genus Pinus only produce terminal buds and do not have buds scattered along the stems. There may be just one bud in the terminal position or one terminal bud with 3 or 4 buds just below it forming a whorl. The buds of the different species of pine can vary in size, shape and other characteristics.
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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