This tree is found very widely diffused all along the northern portion of the United States, and thence to the Arctic Ocean; in lower Canada and Labrador it is only a straggling shrub from three to ten feet in height.
In "Wisconsin it is a middle-sized tree. Messrs. Lapham, Knapp, and Crocker, in their report on the forests of "Wisconsin, speak of it as reaching the height of sixty or seventy feet, and furnishing hewn lumber thirty or forty feet long and eight inches square.
The logs are seldom sawn into lumber, as they are light and hardly ever found suitable. The fibre is straight and the wood tough. I would only recommend this tree for cultivation as a tree fit for fuel, as it burns readily and gives great heat. Loudon speaks very highly of the gray pine as an ornamental tree, but I have never admired it, as the old cones cling to the branches and turn black, and remain so for years; this, with the number of dead twigs scattered promiscuously over the branches, give the trees while yet comparatively young the appearance of age and decrepitude. It is easily transplanted and needs no especial care.