Tree Profiles Blue Pine

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The Blue Pine is also called Bhutan Pine. This tree is native to the Hindu Kush Mountains and you can find them growing in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Yunnan and China. It thrives at high altitudes in the mountain valleys. The Blue Pine can reach a height of 50 m. They grow well in temperate climates with wet summers and dry winters. The needles of this tree are flexible and they droop. The cones are long and slender and they are yellow-buff in color when mature. They love to grow in mountain screes, old growth forests, glacier forelands, and mixed forests with spruce, fir and birch trees. The Blue Pine has many great uses and it is favored for the hard wood. It is very durable and highly resinous.

Many people like to use it for firewood, but it gives off a pungent resinous smoke. It is also used as a commercial source of turpentine that has superior quality. This tree is popular in parks and gardens because it is very attractive. It has attractive foliage and decorative cones. It is highly valued because it has a high resistance to air pollution. It can tolerate air pollution more than other conifers. The needles grow in bundles of five and are about 18 cm long. This tree provides nice shade. The Mountain Pine Beetle is an insect that attacks these trees. The Blue Pines that are damaged by these beetles are salvaged to make beautiful Blue Mountain Pine floors. These floors have a beautiful blue-gray hue. Insect resistant properties are really rare in the Blue Pine species.

The Blue Pine is quite similar to Blue Spruce. There are about 115 species of pine trees and the Blue Pine is one of them. The Blue Pine is evergreen and last for a number of years. The seeds of the Blue Pine provide an excellent food source for some birds and squirrels. They like to grow in well drained soils. The Blue Pine is highly valued in carpentry to make furniture, window frames, roofing and more. The wood is only good for indoor use only because it has no insect resistant and decay resistant qualities. Sometimes a tea is made from steeping the pine needles in hot boiling water and this drink provides an excellent source of vitamin A and C. Sometimes the needles are eaten by butterflies and moths. Some of the birds are responsible for distributing the seeds to new areas.

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