Eastern White Pine

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No other species has had more of an impact on the development of the Quebec forest industry than the white pine. In the last century, huge quantities were harvested in the Outaouais and Mauricie regions. White pine was exported to England where it was used in shipbuilding. Its current rarity has made it all the more highly esteemed: it is the most valuable of our conifers.

White pine prefers well-drained, sandy soil, but it is found from rocky ridges to sphagnum bogs.

Although it sometimes grows in pure stands, white pine generally associates with hemlock, spruce and various hardwoods.

Pale, light and not particularly strong, the wood dries without warping or splitting and is easily worked.

White pine is used to manufacture furniture, doors and windows, mouldings, interior wood trim and decorative veneers.


Leaf

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Needles in bundles of five, bluish green, 6 to 8 inches long (15 to 20 cm) long.

Fruit

Photo - Leaf

Fruits, yellowy green cones, 3.2 to 8 inches long (8 to 20 cm long).