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Posted on: December 1, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Tree of the Month - Dec 2021 - Pinus strobus

Dec Pinus strobus 2

The white pine is the largest conifer in the Northeast. It has a straight trunk with a crown of horizontal branches that make it ideal for the timber industry. It can grow to be around 100 feet tall and its trunk can have a diameter of 3-4 feet. It has slender, greenish-blue needles that are 2.5-5 inches long that grow in bundles of five. It has long, narrow yellowish-brown cones 6-8 inches long. The bark of the white pine is smooth and gray when the tree is young. 

Eastern white pine seeds are favored by many mammals and birds while their branches provide ideal nesting sites. 

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