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Pinus strobus
White pine

White pine (Pinus strobus) is a fast-growing, medium-sized conifer with a very straight trunk. It is native to north-eastern parts of North America, with varieties growing in the mountains of Mexico and Guatemala. It was introduced and widely distributed in Europe in the 19th century.  

Traditionally, the trunk of the tree was used for ship masts and its oils for local medicine. The valuable wood is fine grained and contains little resin, making it excellent for construction and furniture. This tree has also been widely planted as an ornamental in urban areas, in reforestation projects, as shelterbelts and for Christmas trees.

White pine prefers well-drained soils and a cool, humid climate. Yet, it has a wide ecological range, growing both in regions with harsh and mild winters and in elevations from sea level up to 2200 m, depending on the climatic conditions. It is found in mixed forest stands together with other conifers and hardwood species. 

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