TREE: Eastern white pine
Pinaceae Pinus strobus
Leaf: Evergreen, 3 to 5 inches long, with five blue-green, slender needles per fascicle. A fascicle sheath is not present. Needles appear blue because of 3 or more lines of stomata.
Flower: Monoecious; males cylindrical, yellow, in clusters near branch tips; females light green, tinged in red, at ends of branches.
Fruit: Cones are 4 to 7 inches long, cylindrical, with thin, rounded cone scales, very resinous. Cones are borne on a long stalk. Maturing August to September.
Twig: Slender, gray-green to orange-brown in color.
Bark: On young trees; thin, smooth and gray-green in color. Later becoming thick, reddish-brown to gray-brown with prominent ridges and furrows.
Form: A large tree with a very straight stem. The crown is conical when young, later developing wispy, horizontal branches.
FLOWER: Apple Blossom
In 1897 Michigan legislators, feeling that “a refined sentiment” called for the naming of a state flower, designated the apple blossom. Joint Resolution 10 of that year noted “one of the most fragrant and beautiful flowered species of apple, the pyrus coronaria, is native to our state.” Legislators also proudly declared that “Michigan apples have gained a worldwide reputation.” A century later, Michigan ranks second in the nation in apple production.