Pinus strobus is a common
tree in the La Crosse area of Wisconsin. It can be found
from Minnesota and Iowa to the east coast of the United States,
and north up into Canada. Click
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Some other common names for Pinus strobus, include:
-Eastern white pine
-Weymouth pine (common in Canada)
-Northern white pine
A couple things that make this tree distinct from other pines, is that it has whorled branching and its needles are soft, bluish-green in color, and are arranged in bundles or fascicles of 5.
The bark is a silver-gray color that is generally smooth and greenish when young, and as the tree gets older, it becomes rough and scaly.
It is the tallest tree in the northeast and midwest forests of the United States and is the only pine with 5 needles in a fascicle east of the Rocky Mountains.
The Eastern white pine tree is an evergreen with a medium-dense canopy due to its lateral branching system.