Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jack Pine on Purdue campus

Here is a Jack Pine tree (Pinus banksiana) on the Purdue campus. It's easy to find, on the north side of Third St. just a few steps east of McCormick Road.  This tree has been recognized as the biggest jack pine tree in the United States.  In its native habitat Pinus banksiana grows under rather extreme conditions and it doesn't normally get this big.  Here on campus it has been planted in fairly good soil with plenty of room to grow.  The dunes area near Lake Michigan has a native population of jack pine.

Picture taken Dec. 16, 2011.

Link to this jack pine tree at Purdue:

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Link to Pinus banksiana:

Link to picture of Pinus banksiana at Indiana Dunes State Park:

Jack Pine in art:

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