Northwest Conifers

Jack Pine – Pinus banksiana


Jack Pine at Hoyt Arboretum

Needles: 1-2" long in bundles of 2

Cones: 2" long, curved, clusters of 2 or 3, point foward on branch

Bark: Orange to reddish-brown, developing furrows and gray scales


Where it grows: Native to Central and Southeast Canada, Great Lakes region and Northeast United States.

Similar tree: Lodgpole Pine has gray bark and prickly cones that grow straight out from the branch or point back. You can distinguish Jack Pine by its orange bark and the way the cones point forward on the branch.

Names: Named in honor of English botanist Sir Joseph Banks. Other common names: Eastern Jack Pine, Black Pine, Black Jack Pine, and Scrub Pine.




© 2012 Ken Denniston