Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida): Images

Date Location Notes Images
June 30, 2009 Southeastern New Hampshire 3 needles per bundle. Fiberous, half-inch branches that bend, but do not break. Small cones with thorns.
July 4, 2009 Southeastern, New Hampshire The top two pictures show two different Pitch Pines, one with a common shagginess growing out of the trunk and one without. It seems that not all of the Pitch Pines have needles growing out of the trunk.

The next picture (from a distance) shows a Pitch Pine on the left and an Eastern White Pine on the right. Even from this distance, you can see slightly more bluish tinge and softness of the Eastern White Pine needles. The Eastern White Pine branches are more symetrical (whorled) than those of the Pitch Pine.

The next two pictures show a close-up of first the soft, thin, green-blue Eastern White Pine needles (5 per bundle) and then the thicker, tougher green Pitch Pine needles (3 per bundle).
August 11, 2009 Southeastern, New Hampshire Pitch Pine cones. Male cones are the thin, copper-colored cones. Big female cone that is still green and developing.
Date Location Notes Images
March 24, 2012 Southeastern New Hampshire