Pine trees are evergreens with long, needle-shaped leaves. Pines are conifers, meaning the have needle like foliage. Pine trees produce cones and there are over 100 varieties of pine trees.
The United States has about 40 species of pines predominantly in colder climates. Pine trees are prized for their timber. Most pine trees prefer full sun and are drought tolerant once full grown.
Pine seeds (from the cones) are commonly eaten by birds and squirrels and the seeds are then spread by these wildlife creatures. Also known as pine nuts, they have also become a popular, healthy snack for humans.
Pine trees are commonly used as windbreaks or privacy screens. Their dark green needles create an appealing contrast in winter when many other trees and shrubs have gone dormant.
Pine tree care. Protect your newly planted pine trees from getting too much afternoon sun until it is established. Keep an eye out for damage from critters. A barrier such as chicken wire may be needed early on. You also want to take care whenever using any lawn equipment near the young tree. Weed eaters, especially, can damage the bark on young pine trees.
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