The Eastern White Pine tree is so beautiful in its natural state, it’s no surprise that so many people choose to bring one indoors for Christmas. Its long, soft needles give it a full, bushy shape, plus they’re pleasing to touch and shed much less than other species. It’s also a popular landscaping tree, offering vibrant color, fast growth, food for birds like red crossbills and chickadees and shelter for all sorts of wildlife. What’s not to love?
The venerable Pinus strobus is known historically as The King’s Broad Arrow, playing a fascinating role in the Revolutionary War, and it’s also the Tree of Peace in Iroquois legend. It has many uses as a natural healing medicine, and astonishingly enough, studies have shown that its fresh scent could even help cool the climate. It’s the state tree of both Maine and Michigan, the tallest tree in the northeastern United States (located in Cook Forest State Park, Pennsylvania) and the source of plentiful sustainably grown and harvested lumber prized for its extraordinary performance.
In short, Eastern White Pine is just plain amazing, and we’re not the only ones who think so. While we often feature projects made from Eastern White Pine lumber, this time we’d like to do something a little different, and show off the lovely images shared on social media of the tree itself, and art that celebrates its beauty. We hope you enjoy!