Part of 🌲︎ pine  genus Pinus in 🌲︎ cedar / fir / hemlock / larch / pine / spruce  family Pinaceae.


Native to 🗻︎ mountainous western 🇨🇦 Canada and 🇺🇸 USA.

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In this area (particularly 🇨🇦 Canada AB BC SK, and 🇺🇸 USA AZ CA CO ID MO MT NV NM OR SD UT WA WI WY):

  • do not move pine logs, stumps, branches, firewood nor untreated lumber
due to possible infestation by the insect mountain pine beetle (MPB)  Dendroctonus ponderosae, which carries various species of 🍄︎ fungus / mushroom  kingdom Fungi.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Pinus hosts caterpillars of 247 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
  This plant is also known to be a host for (in areas where invasive) 🐝︎ spotted lanternfly (SLF)  Lycorma delicatula.

Seeds from its cones are an important food source for 🐻︎ bears and other animals.  But the tree is having a tough time lately, attacked by diseases no longer suppressed by ☃ winter weather.  The trees are probably trying to compensate by moving up in altitude, but that process is slow if you are a tree.

Learn more about ◼︎ whitebark pine Pinus albicaulis

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