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Truly some of the most beautiful trees on Earth.  They clean the air, cool the environment and encourage life to thrive.  The American Forestry Association estimates that 100 million new trees would absorb 18 million tons of carbon dioxide annually.  Trees increase ground water recharge and reduce the number of harmful chemicals transported to our streams.


PiINE TREES are conifers in the sole genus, Pinus.  There are over 120 species of pine trees in the Pinaceae family.  Some pine species, like the Southern Yellow Pine, are grown intensively for commercial wood production.


In March 2016, Dr. Howard Falcon-Lang of the University of London discovered a 140 million year old fossil of a pine tree in Nova Scotia, Canada.  He believes they probably came from trees resembling the Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris) in Scotland. 


Pine trees are among the oldest trees in the world.  A bristlecone pine (Pinus Longaeva) growing in the White Mountains of California was over 4,800 year old.

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Interesting Notes:

The name Pine comes from Latin "Pinus," which some believe evolved from "pit" or resin.


Some species of pine trees have large seeds called pine nuts.  They are harvested and use in cooking and baking. 


Cambium, the moist inner bark that can be found clinging to the woody outer bark, is edible and very high in vitamins A & C.  It can be eaten as a snack, dried and ground into a flour, or used as a thickener for soups & stews.


The tallest pine tree is thought to be the 268-foot tall Ponderosa Pine in Southern Oregon's Rogue River - Siskiyou National Forest.


Pine resin is an important source of turpentine.


Pine trees burn easily.  They produce cones that only germinate after being scorched, ensuring that new generations of trees are seeded after fires have passed.


Once logged, pine lumber has no insect or decay resistance so their use in construction is typically recommended as  "indoor-use" only.

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