In Greek mythology, the ITALIAN STONE PINE (Arbore Pinus Pinea) tree was dedicated to Artemis, Goddess of the Moon, Hunting, Nature, and protector of women.
Ancient sources reveal that a pine tree represented longevity and eternal life. In Western culture, "the tree of birth" with scented evergreen needles signifies resilience and strength, and of course, the Christian nativity in the birth of Jesus.
In the wild, an Italian stone pine tree can live 200 years or more. In the home landscape, it usually stays healthy for about 40 to 60 years. Thus, the perfect symbol of longevity.
"Every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow." -Herman Hesse