A Closer Look at The Pine Family
As an introduction to a beautiful thing called Earth, its collection of pointy pine trees speaks well of its intrinsic provisions for its patrons. The power of pine was discovered by humans long ago as a response to some pretty horrible diseases. Pine Trees is known for its unusually high capacity for vitamins A and C. Among other things, pine needles carry helpful flavonoids and volatile oils that treat certain respiratory conditions, even your run-of-the-mill cold. They’re not just suitable for Christmas trees!
There are several different types of pine trees. You’ll find Loblolly pine, Ponderosa pine, White pine, Black pine, and Spruce pine all around the United States. If you’re unsure what sets these different breeds apart, you’ll have to read on a bit. Here is a quick overview of these five different pine trees.
That is not your typical pine tree—Loblolly Pine typically quite tall and lanky trees, found in swampy, lowland type of terrain. The Southeast region of the U.S. is usually their happy home. They’re quite highly populated and second to none except the Red Maple in abundance. They’re gymnosperms, so you’ll find the familiarity of a pine cone with this tree. Their cones carry their reproduction agents. The female cones are more of green color, while the male cones are smaller and more brown.
The Ponderosa Pine tree has five different subspecies. You can usually tell a Ponderosa pine from other trees by the color of its needles. You’ll see the nice contrast on the bluish-green needles. The difference between the five subspecies of Ponderosa can be seen in the type of needle the tree bares. Some people also say that the tree puts off the scent of turpentine, but that’s not been a definitive fact thus far.
The White Pine is a large breed of pine tree. They’re relatively common in the Southeastern United States. Like all of the different types of pine trees, their leaves are more aptly defined as needles. They have a bluish-green tint, depending on the light. The White Pine’s cones are slenderer and longer than other pines. They also tend to live long lives. Some White Pines have been known to live longer than four hundred years!
The next coniferous evergreen can be identified by the color and pattern of its bark—the Black Pine sports a greyish bark that is a bit yellow-brown underneath its crisp exterior. The large fissures in the tree’s bark form a series of woody plates around the tree's trunk. This particular pine doesn’t like the shade. It needs lots of sunlight to thrive.
The spruce pine tree is a type of pine is usually found in the coastal areas of the southeastern part of the United States. You’ll see them along the highways in Florida and Louisiana. The needles of this particular pine are more of a darker green color and sport a glossy outer covering.