Nebraska Forest Service



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Issued by Nebraska Forest Service. Copyright 2005 University of Nebraska.


An often-overlooked evergreen in Nebraska is the eastern white pine (Pinus strobus). Eastern white pine is native to the north eastern and north central part of the United States and it grows to be a very large evergreen tree sometimes reaching heights of more than 100 feet. The tallest white pine in the United States is 167 feet tall and is located in Michigan. White pine is the state tree of both Maine and Michigan. In the early days of settlement in the United States, white pine was used as masts for sailing vessels. Its long straight stem was much in demand. The wood was easily worked and quite beautiful.