The Eastern White Pine is a large evergreen growing 160 – 180 feet (50 – 55 meters) with a trunk diameter of 3 - 5 feet (1 – 1.6 meters), native to eastern North America. The needles are long and flexible, growing to 2 – 5 inches (5 – 13 centimeters) long, with a blue-green color. Within a mature tree, the light tan to whitish slender cones will grow to be 3 – 6 inches (8 – 15 centimeters) long. The white pine has a long life, living to over 400 years old, with some in Wisconsin and Michigan dating to just under 500 years old.
Due to the fast growing nature of the Eastern White Pine, it is widely used in plantation forestry and is valued in the lumber industry. Additionally, it has been used within the Christmas Tree Industry to be sold as Christmas Trees. The White Pine is the State Tree of both Michigan and Maine.
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