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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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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