White Pine

Pinus strobus

White pines are extremely common, both in eastern forests and planted on landscaped properties, and they are important timber trees. Branches grow in whorls and turn slightly upward at the end. Closer to the ground, the branches are more sparse and stunted in growth. White pine does not have a conical shape. This tree was found on the south side of Chapel's Field at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.
The needles of the white pine are soft, unlike some other pines. They grow in clusters of five, and are the only pine with five needles per cluster.
The cones of the white pine are long and slender with large cone scales. The cones readily fall from the tree after ripening and they are often encrusted with white pitch.
White pine bark is light colored and has deep vertical furrows which run for long distances up the trunk. White pitch can sometimes be seen crusted in trails where the pitch has dripped down the tree.

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