Jack Pine

Pinus banksiana

Jack pine is a small, usually irregular tree. Needles are very short and can appear similar to spruce needles at a casual glance. This specimen was found growing in the botanical garden at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, MA.
Needles are in bundles of two and are very short, the shortest of all the pines in the northeast, and have a twist from base to tip.
Cones are small, tightly packed and curved slightly at the tip. Jack Pine is the only pine species with curved cones.
Bark is dark in color and scaly.

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