White pine (Pinus strobus) is a majestic, evergreen coniferous tree that is native to eastern North America. It is known for its towering height, which can reach up to 40 meters (130 feet) at maturity. The bark of a mature white pine is smooth and grayish-brown, often with a slightly furrowed or scaly texture.
The tree’s long, slender needles grow in bundles of five and are bluish-green in color, lending the tree an elegant, delicate appearance. White pine cones are typically long and slender, ranging from 10 to 20 cm (4-8 inches) in length, and are usually green when young, turning brown as they mature.
The scales of the cones are thin and flexible, and are typically wider at the base than at the tip.
White pine is a relatively fast-growing tree, especially in its early years, and it can live for several hundred years. Its wood is prized for its strength and beauty, and it is used in a variety of construction, furniture making, and other woodworking applications. White pine is also popular as an ornamental tree, and is often planted in parks, gardens, and other landscapes. Its soft, flexible needles and attractive cones also make it a popular choice for Christmas trees. White pine is a hardy species that can tolerate a wide range of soil types and climatic conditions, and it is an important component of many forest ecosystems in eastern North America.