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Eastern White Pine, A Common Tree in North America

Pinus strobus, A Top 100 Common Tree in North America


White pine is the tallest native conifer in eastern North America. Pinus strobus is the state tree of Maine and Michigan and is the Ontario arboreal emblem. Unique identifying markers are the tree's branching rings which are added each year and the only five-needled eastern pine. Note in the picture below that needle bundles cluster in a brush-like formation.

The Images of Eastern White Pine

Mature White Pine
Forestryimages.org provides several images of parts of Eastern white pine. The tree is a conifer and the lineal taxonomy is Pinopsida > Pinales > Pinaceae > Pinus strobus L. Eastern white pine is also commonly called northern white pine, soft pine, weymouth pine and white pine.

The Range of Eastern White Pine

Eastern White Pine Range
Eastern white pine is found across southern Canada from Newfoundland, Anticosti Island, and Gaspé peninsula of Quebec; west to central and western Ontario and extreme southeastern Manitoba; south to southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa; east to northern Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey; and south mostly in the Appalachian Mountains to northern Georgia and northwestern South Carolina. It is also found in western Kentucky, western Tennessee, and Delaware. A variety grows in the mountains of southern Mexico and Guatemala.

Fire Effects on Eastern White Pine

"Eastern white pine colonizes burns if a seed source is nearby."

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