Ed Golson Outdoor Education

red pine

Scientific Name: Pinus resinosa 

Description: The red pine gets its name from the fact that its scaly bark is a distinct orange-red or reddish-brown in color. Red pines grow between 60 and 100 feet tall, although there are some trees in Michigan that are over 140 feet tall.

 The red pine has 2 dark green needles per bundle. Each needle is 4 to 6 inches long and will cleanly snap when bent in half. The needles of the red pine will usually last 4 years before they are replaced, meaning the tree always looks densely filled with needles.  

Red pines prefer to grow in soils that are dry, sandy, and nutrient poor. They also like areas that have cold winters and cool summers. They can easily out-compete other types of trees in these types of habitat .



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