They like to grow here on the sandy table lands of the Allegheny plateau.
Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida) is a rugged looking tree - fitting for the area.
|Pitch Pine - Pinus rigida|
Here is a photo looking up the trunk into the crown of a Pitch Pine.
|Pitch Pine bark|
|Pitch Pine tree|
Pitch Pine wood is somewhat rot resistant because of its resinous properties. As I posted about last time, even some Pitch Pine stumps are still with us from the logging are of the late 1800's.The Pitch Pine's wood makes nice yellow pine lumber, although much of it is knottier than Southern Heart Pine. Pitch Pine is one of the hard pines, or yellow pines, so the wood is fairly heavy and strong. Many of the trees were cut for prop timber. Some trees were used for ship-building. Many old buildings contain Pitch pine lumber, even old Pennsylvania bank barns...see the reclaimed yellow pine paneling pictures below.
|Reclaimed yellow pine lumber|
salvaged from old Pennsylvania bank barns. The wood makes beautiful flooring as well.
This antique lumber has character, just like a Cadillac with tail fins.
Pitch Pine trees have character also.
When I think of Pitch Pine...
I see these craggy old trees scattered on the mountain tops...
I hear the sound the wind makes in their branches...
I smell pine pitch...
If Pitch Pine were as plentiful as Rock Oak, perhaps I wouldn't notice them.