Native SpeciesWhite pine

Pinus strobus
FOUND by WhitePineE
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by LD & DR
Peer reviewed by JA & HC
Field Notes
We are happy because we went outside and there was ice and slush. The problem we ran into was we could not find the right tree at first. We eventually found it toward the end of our trip. We saw rain, trees, and slush. We heard rain and footsteps. We smelled snow, pine sap, and smoke. I am surprised by what I found because it was hidden behind a lot of trees.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
The bark is gray-green, smooth, and young trees bark is thin. On mature trees bark is thick, reddish to grayish brown and has rounded, long ridges and darker furrows.
Photo of my evidence.
The needles are 5-13 cm long,slender, flexible, and blue-green.
Photo of my evidence.
Mature cones are 5-13 cm long. From my experience with young pine cones the pedals stick together. The one in this picture is wet and young so the pedals are together.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I found it
Scientific name:
Pinus strobus
Common name:
White pine
Sampling method: 
Just looking around
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 44.022371 °
W -70.964976 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
MOMS School Yard (Powerline Rd)
Trip date: 
Tue, 2016-11-29 08:26
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Lower Androscoggin


great try guys

Thanks a lot you guys did good as well

We did look at the number of needles because there is usually 5-16 groups of needles.We think we had 16 needles in the group we found.

Sometimes it can be hard to tell where the "bunch" or fascicle begins. 16 needles per bunch is a bit too much, but I bet you they were grouped in bunches of 5 (the amount for white pine). Red pines are in groups of 2 and and pitch pines are in groups of 3. Next time you see a pine, take a close look and see what species you have found.

Happy observing!

Did you happen to take a look at the number of needles per "bundle" or fasicle? This is a key characteristic to look for.