Pitch Pine - Pinus rigida
A pine of harsh sites from low to high elevations in the Northeast and the Appalachians, this is a small to medium-sized tree, perhaps best known for its common occurrence in pine barrens. The needles are borne 3 to a bundle and are twisted and stiff, yellow-green in color, and up to 5 inches in length; they are not prickly. The bark is reddish-brown and deeply furrowed, with scaly ridges. The cones are oval with thick scales and a prickle. Some cones are serotinous, remaining on the tree until opened by fire. Uncommon, it was formerly utilized for tar and turpentine.