Pine, an evergreen tree of great economic importance. Pines are conifers (cone-bearing trees) related to firs, cedars, larches, hemlocks, and araucarias. Pines make up the genus Pinus of the family Pinaceae. There are more than 90 recognized species, all native to the Northern Hemisphere. Most pines are found in areas with a temperate climate, but a few grow in mountainous tropical regions. About 30 species are native to the United States.
If you've heard of frankincense and myrrh, it's probably because you're familiar with the biblical account of Jesus' birth. But have you ever wondered what exactly it was the three wise men gifted Christ?
How can something as delicate and delicious as a cranberry thrive in something as filthy as a bog? Blame it on the durability of this most unusual and hardy plant.