Observation 59431: Conifer pitch

When: 2010-04-20

Collection location: Shorecrest High School, Shoreline, King Co., Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Tim Sage (NMNR)

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Growing on landscaped woodchips, under juniper. The pictures are (obviously) a bit over-exposed.

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Here is a better pic
By: Tim Sage (NMNR)
2010-12-06 23:57:31 CST (-0500)

I didn’t know I had….

I did not
By: Tim Sage (NMNR)
2010-11-24 14:42:54 CST (-0500)

cut it or touch it, regrettably. This was an old pic, before I had the sense to do such a thing…

I’m not saying it isn’t pitch, I just have been looking under juniper for years and never seen this before.

The size was around 5 cm in diameter. Like I said before I will certainly keep my eye out for this in the future. Thank you all for your input!

Heres the pitch!
By: Jeff Riedenauer (Tamsenite)
2010-11-24 13:21:30 CST (-0500)

whats the size of the it, looks pretty small. I’ve seen pitch balls bigger than my hand especially in cold weather. The sugars in the sap/pitch crytalize in cold weather and don’t allow it to drip. It builds up over time and falls off as a lump that looks kinda like poorly made rock candy. A small juniper probally could of made this. Did you touch it or try to cut it?

By: Tim Sage (NMNR)
2010-11-24 02:48:00 CST (-0500)

I will have to keep my eyes peeled for more, I have a bunch of Juniper in my yard and nearby. I have never witnessed it before but it certainly could be pitch.

its pitch
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2010-11-24 02:43:08 CST (-0500)

Juniper bushes do drip this stuff.

Not pitch, Alan….
By: Tim Sage (NMNR)
2010-11-24 02:32:17 CST (-0500)

Unless the Juniper bushes drip this stuff. No trees nearby, it is a landscaped area of a high school.

By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2010-11-22 01:55:27 CST (-0500)

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