Red pine is the northern counterpart of the southern yellow pines. But unlike the southern pines, red pine has needles of only two per bundle. P. resinosa is one of the most extensively planted species in the northern United States and Canada. Red pine is confined to the Northern Forest region and the southern fringe of the Boreal Forest region.
3. The Range of Red Pine
Red pine is confined to the Northern Forest region and the southern fringe of the Boreal Forest region. It grows in a narrow zone around the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. Its range extends from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, southern Quebec, and Maine, westward to central Ontario and southeastern Manitoba, southward to southeastern Minnesota and eastward to Wisconsin, Michigan, southern Ontario, northern Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. It also grows locally in northern Illinois, eastern West Virginia, and Newfoundland.