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Apollo Fir? Mystery Cache

Hidden : 04/01/2006
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A puzzle cache. There is no cache at the listed coordinates.

The Scotch Pine, Pinus Sylvestris Apollo Alba is a rare deciduous fir tree, a native to Highland Scotland.

It has the largest needles of all Fir trees, measuring a little over 6” long, which are twisted like fine corkscrews and tipped pure white. The needles are shed in the spring, and the new buds appear a month later once the flowers have died.

Its flowers are of the deepest red and they hang in tiny clusters at the very tips of the branches so that they can be wind pollinated.

The fir cones, although very small and insignificant, grow in great abundance during the summer months, and are lemon yellow in colour.

The bark is scaly, peeling, and white, and the trees white branches are in great demand by florists.

Being the tallest and fastest growing of all Fir trees the Apollo Fir grows to a height of 120 ft in only 20 years, but the trunk twists like a corkscrew, so is unpopular for Forestry. At maturity the tree spreads to 90-100 ft, and its deep tap roots can find water in the driest of conditions.

A rare tree, found only in the highlands of Scotland on mountains above 300ft, and greatly sought by Botanical Gardens and Pinetums throughout the world.

Cache contents include:

Complete Encyclopedia set on Evergreen trees
6ft Norway Spruce Xmas tree
Green tree air freshner
Flat pack Treehouse kit
Pine cone keyring
Wooden pine dolls house
Bonsai tree seeds
Bonsai dish
Fir tree shaped sequins
Wooden beads

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