Pinus strobus


Common Names: Eastern white pine, white pine, northern white pine, Weymouth pine, soft pine
Category: Trees
Sub-category: Pines


The wood is commonly used for cheap lumber. This is generally the most common species of pine tree in Connecticut, as well as the tallest tree in eastern North America. The leaves ('needles') are in fascicles (bundles) of five (rarely 3 or 4), with a deciduous sheath. They are flexible, bluish-green, finely serrated, and 5 to 13 cm long, and persist for 18 months, i.e. from the spring of one season to the autumn of the next, when they are shed by abscission. The cones are slender, 8 to 16 cm long (rarely longer than that) and 4 to 5 cm broad when open, and have scales with a rounded apex and slightly reflexed tip.

Eastern white pine can be found in mixed and evergreen forests. It's very common in CT so it can be found pretty much everywhere.

Edible Notes: Pine needs have been used to make tea and are a rich source of vitamin C. The cambium (between the old wood and the bark of the tree) is edible. It would likely be scrapped-off and used in bread or porridge.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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