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January 14, 2007|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger

Thomas Sjolander of Abingdon asks, "How come as soon as you cross the Bay Bridge onto Kent Island you see Southern Pines. ... Why not on the same latitude on the Western Shore?" Joe Sullivan, professor of plant ecology at College Park, says "southern" pines - loblolly, short- and long-leaf pines - prefer the Shore's sandy, sedimentary soils and temperatures moderated by the ocean. They grow more "coastal" the farther north you look, and can be found as far north as southern New Jersey.

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