Red pine has the longest needles of the pines we have here in the north. It's a good timber tree, and is also planted for ornament. Ever been out in the woods after a very bad winter, and seen where animals has to eat the bark off small trees or bushes? Well if we went back a few centuries to times of famine, you might see where people had to do the same thing. Pine, including this one, would be one of the ones that people peeled, powdered and ate the bark. They might not have had the brand I was looking for at he store the other day, but things are a lot better now! Red pine grows in CT(E), IL(E), IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ(E), NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, and QC. Planted, Lenawee Co MI, 5/21/15. Pine family, Pinaceae.