Plants in the genus Pinus only produce terminal buds and do not have lateral buds scattered along the stems. There may be just one bud in the terminal position or 3 or 4 buds 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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