Native SpeciesPitch Pine

Pinus rigida
NOT FOUND by Teletubbies82
ID Confirmed
Quality checked by Dino82
Peer reviewed by aDj82
Field Notes
As a group we were happy because we know why we didn't find the pitch Pine. We can see evergreens, and if we look behind us we see Medomak middle school. I can hear the chatter of my classmates trying to find the tree they were supposed to find. We could not smell any direct smell. We are surprised that we didn't find our tree when we saw a whole group of trees in the area using the Transect method. Some questions and problems we ran into is that we could not find our tree and sometimes it was a close call, but it turned out it was White Pine.
Supporting Evidence
Photo of my evidence.
The tree we found did not have needles that were 6-13 inches long, this tree had needles that were more like 1-2 inches. Indicating that it was not a Pitch Pine.
Photo of my evidence.
The pitch pine grows in clusters of three needles, while this tree grew each of its needles by itself.
Photo of my evidence.
The needles would twist slightly if the tree was a Pitch Pine, but this tree's needles are stiff and do not twist at all.
Species Observation: Species Looked For
Did you find it?: 
I think I did not find it
Scientific name:
Pinus rigida
Common name:
Pitch Pine
Sampling method: 
Photo of our sampling method.
Place Studied
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N 44.121345 °
W -69.308865 °
Observation Site Information
A photo of our study site.
Upland - Developed areas
Trip Information
Medomak Middle School Compost Trail to Snake Trial
Trip date: 
Mon, 2017-10-23 12:12
Town or city: 
Type of investigation: 
Species Survey
Medomak River Watershed


It looks like either Eastern Hemlock, which is easily confused with Balsam fir. You can differentiate using the bark (Hemlock - long striations; Fir - smoother). You can also look closely at the needles.

"From Vital Signs user gmri:
Here's a silly way I remember the difference between how the needles attach to balsam and hemlock:

1. Hems with stems! (hemlock needles have a little stem/ petiole to attach it to the twig)

2. Suction up fur balls with a vaccuum (this one is slightly sillier, but it works for my brain - balsam fir needle attachments look like little suction cups)"