Eastern White Pine

Ojibwe Name:

biisaandago-zhingwaak

Scientific Name:

Pinus strobus

Significance in Ojibwe Cultures:

Used to make shingles

How to Identify the Leaves:

"It has skinny needles that are 6 to 12 centimetres long. It’s easy to recognize the eastern white pine because its needles grow in bunches of five.

The eastern white pine’s cones are 8 to 20 cm long and they hang down from the branches. Good seed crops aren’t produced until trees are 20 or 30 years old, and then only every 3 to 5 years. Its bark is dark greyish brown with broad thick ridges that are 2 to five centimetres thick."

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