Pine Tree Facts
- Common Name: Pine Tree
- Total Species: 120+
- Subgenera: Pinus (hard) and Strobus (soft)
- Genus: Pinus
- Subfamily: Pinoideae
- Family: Pinaceae
- Order: Pinales
20 Pine Tree Facts for Kids
- Pine tree is a common name for conifer tree species in the Pinus genus.
- The Pinus genus is divided into two subgenera, Pinus and Strobus.
- The Pinus subgenus contains hard pines and the Strobus subgenus contains soft pines.
- A conifer tree produces cone-shaped seed structures that are commonly known as pinecones.
- There are over 100 tree species in the Pinus genus that share the common name pine tree.
- Pine trees are classified as evergreen trees, because their leaves stay green and don’t fall off.
- Pine trees are one of the few groups of trees that do not produce flowers or fruit.
- Pine trees are most well-known for the pinecones and unique fragrance they produce.
- The mature leaves of a pine tree are called needles, some species have very sharp needles.
- Pinecones contain seeds which are released after the seeds mature.
- The pinecones of the bishop pine tree (Pinus muricate) only release their seeds during a forest fire.
- The average height of most pine tree species is between 50 and 150 feet.
- The smallest pine tree is the Siberian dwarf pine (Pinus pumila) with an average height between 3 and 10 feet.
- The largest pine tree is the ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) with recorded heights exceeding 250 feet.
- The average lifespan of a pine tree is between 100 and 1,000 years, varying by species.
- The Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) is one of the planet’s oldest living trees. Two specimens, Prometheus (dead) and Methuselah (living) both have a verified lifespan of 4,800+ years.
- Pine trees are found in North America, Europe, Asia and northern Africa.
- Pine trees are a popular ornamental plant in gardens and public parks.
- Pine trees are grown and harvested annually for the Christmas holiday and called Christmas trees.
- Pine trees are a popular commercial source of lumber and wood pulp.
Pictures of Pine Trees
A picture of a tiny pine tree sapling.
A picture of tall pine trees in a forest.
A picture of a pinecone on a pine tree.
Additional Resources on Pine Trees
- About Pines – Find more stats and facts about pine trees on the Utah State University website.
- Pine Tree Identification – An excellent identification guide by Leafy Place to help you identify different pine tree species.
- Pictures of Pine Trees – Find tens of thousands of pictures of pine trees on the Flickr website.
- Pine (Pinus) – Britannica – Discover more about pine trees and the Pinus genus on the Britannica website.