Pinus resinosaFOUND by 44bl11s
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Peer reviewed by 44jf9s
On April 14, 2015, the students of Massabesic Middle School observed the trees on their campus. These trees included; red pine, pitch pine, northern red oak and white oak, American beech, and Eastern Hemlock. They were looking for red pine for traces of the infamous red pine scale, and for traces of the insect hemlock wooly adelgid, both of these being harmful to their corresponding trees. The students observed the oak and beech species because they were interested in the marcesence trait of the trees, a special trait of the tree that allows it to keep its leaves over winter, while also losing some. A Deciduous/Coniferous Tree mixture. These students are very dedicated to the finding of these trees because in the month of November, they worked very hard to inform the public about these invasive insects, and how they could help to keep their trees healthy.
In this picture, you can clearly see small hints of red among the patches of grayish-reddish colours. This tree also has red pine-like breaks along the bark of the tree. This is one of the most notable thing while identifying a red pine, so we most certainly believe it is so.
The diameter of the tree was about two feet. This diameter is highly suggestive of it being a red pine tree. As you can see in the photo, the tree is over 2 feet wide. Compared, to the similar pitch pine, which has a diameter of 1-2 feet, it is much larger, making it more likely to be a red pine.
This final picture can easily prove that this tree is a red pine tree. As you can see, the tree is very tall, which is exactly what a red pine tree is supposed to be. A pitch pine tree is also very tall like this. However, a pitch pine tree is only 30-40 feet, while a red pine tree stands at an amazing 60-80 feet. Since we could barely see the top of this tree when we got this underview of this tree, we will assume that this tree is 60-80 feet, just like a red pine tree. We can now assume that this tree is certainly a red pine tree.
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Massabesic Middle School Campus
Mon, 2015-04-13 14:16
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