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What are some fun white pine tree facts?

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Eastern white pine trees grow more than 100 feet tall and are up to 4 feet in diameter, with needles that are bluish-green in color that are anywhere from 2.5 to 5 inches long in bundles of five. Cones, which bear the seeds of the tree, are usually between 4 and 8 inches long. Some specimens of the tree live to be 400 years old.

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The scientific name for the Eastern white pine is Pinus strobus, and it is the tallest pine tree variety in the United States. The tallest specimen on record grew to 180 feet, according to the Encyclopedia of Life. The natural range of Pinus strobus stretches from Manitoba and Newfoundland in Canada, and from Minnesota and Iowa in the United States throughout the eastern portion of the country, and as far south as the Appalachian Mountain areas of Georgia and South Carolina.

Many products are made from Eastern white pine trees, including construction lumber, paper, furniture, boats, coffins, boxes, crates, paneling and matches. White pines are also a favorite tree for live Christmas trees. White pines more than 24 inches in diameter were used as masts for sailing ships during colonial times. Animals such as whitetail deer, rabbits, beavers, squirrels, chipmunks, voles, mice, warblers, chickadees and nuthatches eat parts of the white pine tree, including bark, needles and seeds.

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