Botanical Name:Pinus banksiana
Common Name:jack pine
Family Name:Pinaceae – pine family
General Description:Pinus banksiana is a scrubby, off-color, awkward tree that is not often planted in the landscape. There are, however, some unique cultivars worthy of use in specialty gardens or landscapes. Jack pine is a native tree known for its adaptability to extreme cold and ability to grow in poor, sandy soils. It is considered a pioneer plant for its ability to populate a forest after a fire. According to Plants of the Chicago Region, this species typically occurs in our area in the sandy, dunal areas around Lake Michigan.
Zone:2-6 or 7
Resources Consulted:Dirr, Michael A. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses. Champaign: Stipes, 2009. Print.
"The PLANTS Database." USDA, NRCS. National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA, 2014. Web. 17 Mar. 2014.
Swink, Floyd, and Gerould Wilhelm. Plants of the Chicago Region. Indianapolis: Indiana Academy of Science, 1994. Print.
Creator:Julia Fitzpatrick-Cooper, Professor, College of DuPage
Keywords/Tags:Pinaceae, tree, conifer, cone, needle, evergreen, Pinus banksiana, jack pine