All About Pine
The pine tree is probably one of the most recognizable trees to the average person in the western world. This is mainly due to its prominence during the festive season. It is not only found in many woods, forests and back gardens, but it is also a crucial item of trade for many companies and garden centers around November and December. It is a versatile tree, as its wood can be used for timber and its branches and leaves can be used in flower arrangements and for decoration. Due to it being an evergreen species, it is available for these uses all year around. The pine has a meaning behind it that translates into something along the lines of sincere pity.
Description of Pine
The common pine tree is part of a genus made up of around 115 other species of pine. This genus is called “Pinus” and from this comes our English name “Pine.” All of the trees in this genus look very similar, so it takes some studying to be able to differentiate between the individual species. Pine trees are sap-producing, or resinous, and can grow to heights of up to 200 feet. This varies within the genus – there are certain species that are more prone to growing to taller heights such as the Ponderosa, while breeds such as the Siberian dwarf live up to their name and are particularly small in stature. They are a very easy shrub or tree to find and often can be quite reasonable to purchase.
Uses for Pine
The most popular use for a pine tree is as a Christmas tree – this, most certainly, would be in the “Top 3 uses for a pine” category in the majority of people you asked! Once they have reached maturity, they are also excellent to use as shade in your garden. As it its evergreen, it can also add a little cheer to your garden during the winter months when everything else looks dead and depressing. Some people also use pine branches in flower arranging and to create bouquets and decorative displays. So the next time you’re looking for a festive look consider the Pine.
Pines from the Pinus genus tend to grow in colder climates and are more common in the northern hemisphere. If you live in one of these colder climates, you can grow your own Christmas tree in your front or back yard! It takes many years for pines to grow and reach a mature height, so remember that you’re not going to have a 60ft tree overnight! The plus side is that during fall and winter, the pine will not shed its leaves and create a big mess on your property due to its evergreen nature. Often with the pine, it isn’t so much the worry about how difficult it will be to grow as much as it is how messy the tree can be. Proper planning when planning can make your future yard care that much easier.