Pine — a tree that grows widely in many countries. Pine wood is highly valued for its properties, and is used to make a wide variety of items, from furniture to toothpicks. The once tall and straight pine trunks were used to make ship masts.
Interesting facts about pines
- Pine trees grow only in the Northern Hemisphere. At least in the wild.
- The external resemblance to spruce is not deceptive — these trees are relatives (interesting facts about spruce).
- In total, there are almost two hundred species of pines in the world.
- The Latin name of the pine is translated as «rock». This title is deservedly received — pine really knows how to cling to roots even on bare stones.
- Pine wood is used to make artificial silk and leather substitutes.
- The tallest of all pines — pine Lambert. In nature, it grows mainly in the United States and Canada. Old trees reach a height of 70-80 meters.
- In Southeast Asia, the Bunge pine grows, notable for its white bark.
- Swamp Pine — the owner of the longest needles among all conifers. Its needles reach a length of 40-45 centimeters.
- Pine purifies the air very well. Experiments have shown that the air of a pine forest contains 60-70 thousand times fewer microbes than in urban areas (interesting facts about trees).
- Pine needles have been used in traditional folk medicine for more than one thousand years.
- Amber is most often the fossilized resin of pine trees, and not any other trees.
- Pine wood is very durable. A house built of pine, with proper care, will last for hundreds of years.