Red Pine

Pinus resinosa


Red pine is a straight-growing evergreen tree that does not grow in a conical shape (irregular canopy). Branches are somewhat sparse with many dead branches near the bottom of the tree. This specimen was found planted on the east side of the Foster Biomedical Building at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.
The needles of the Red pine are long (~6" (15cm)), stiff and grow in bundles of two. They produce a distinct cracking sound as they break cleanly when bent close to the ear.
Red pine cones are small, about as tall as they are wide with large open cone scales. Cones hang below the branch they grow from.
The bark of the Red pine has large scales or plates with a reddish inner bark visible between the fissures.


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