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State Tree: Pine

The pine was officially designated as the State Tree by the General Assembly of 1963. (Session Laws, 1963, c.41).

"The pine is the most common of the trees found in North Carolina, as well as the most important one in the history of our State. During the Colonial and early Statehood periods, the pine was a vital part of the economy of North Carolina. From it came many of the "naval stores" - resin, turpentine, and timber - needed by merchants and the navy for their ships. The pine has continued to supply North Carolina with many important wood products, particularly in the building industry."

While most people assume that our state tree is the longleaf pine, Pinus palustris, actually any pine could be referred to as our state tree. When the bill passed our state legislator they did not specify which pine would be our state tree and did not include a scientific name for our state trree.

The following is a partial list of pines that will grow in North Carolina:
    Arolla pine, Pinus cembra
    Austrian pine, Pinus nigra
    Balen pine, Pinus peucea
    Bosian pine, Pinus korariensis
    Bosnian pine, Pinus heldreichii
    Bristlecone pine, Pinus aristata
    Butan pine, Pinus wallichiana
    Cluster pine, Pinus piaster
    David's pine, Pinus armandii
    Dragon's-eye pine, Pinus densiflora 'Oculusdraconis'
    Dwarf loblolly pine, Pinus taeda 'Dixie', 'Nana'
    Eastern white pine, Pinus strobus
    Himalayan pine, Pinus wallichiana
    Jack pine, Pinus banksiana
    Japanese black pine, Pinus thunbergiana
    Japanese white pine, Pinus parviflora
    Japanese red pine, Pinus densifolia
    Korean pine, Pinus korariensis
    Lacebark pine, Pinus bungeana
    Limber pine, Pinus flexilis
    Loblolly pine, Pinus taeda
    Longleaf pine, Pinus palustris
    Macedonian pine, Pinus peucea
    Maritime pine, Pinus piaster
    Mugo pine, Pinus mugo
    Pitch pine, Pinus rigida
    Pond pine, Pinus serotina
    Ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa
    Ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa (var. scopulorum)
    Scotch pine, Pinus sylvestris
    Shortleaf pine, Pinus echinata
    Spruce pine, Pinus glabra
    Swiss mountain pine, Pinus mugo
    Swiss stone pine, Pinus cembra
    Virginia pine, Pinus virginiana
    Walter's pine, Pinus glabra
    Weeping white pine, Pinus strobus 'Pendula'
    Western white pine, Pinus monticola
    Western yellow pine, Pinus ponderosa
    Yunnan pine, Pinus yunnanensis


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