7 Fascinating Facts About Conifer Trees
Discover fun facts about these interesting trees and which birds love them. Learn the difference between conifers and pines and much more.
Pick Your Perfect Size
Pines come in a variety of sizes. Low-mounding dwarf forms top out at 1 foot, while mature white pines can soar to 150 feet or more. These 10 dwarf conifers are perfect for filling a small space.
The Difference Between Pines and Conifers
All pine trees are conifers, but not all conifers are pine trees. To tell if you’re looking at a pine tree, see if the needles on the branches are bunched together. Most pines have needles in small groups of two to five. Check out the best types of conifer trees and how to grow them.
One Bird Shares Its Name With a Pine
The pinyon jay is named after one of its favorite food sources: pinyon pine seeds. Find out more about the jay family of birds—and how to attract them to your yard.
Pine Cones Are Strong
Some pine cones have staying power, and hold on to their branches for more than 10 years. Have little ones help you make a DIY pine cone bird feeder!
Grow Your Own Nuts
You can grow and harvest pine nuts from your own tree, although it could take up to 15 years to mature. Psst—learn how to grow your own birdseed.
A Very Special Pine
Nicknamed “Phalanx,” a ponderosa pine in Oregon is one of the tallest in the world at 268 feet.
Certain Pines Have Long Needles
Longleaf pine’s dark green needles grow in groups of three, each needle reaching 9 inches or longer.
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