Highly adaptable tree that can live in cool densely forested wetlands/bottomlands to much drier upland white pine forests. Certain trees take on a prostrate (ground hugging) growth pattern, forming more of a ground cover. Stiff dark green needles give the tree a rather rigid stance. Plant in thickets to provide outstanding cover and protection for our feathered friends. Cones develop on the tippy top where they are harvested by squirrels and cached away for a critical food source in the lean winter months. And ahhhhh, don’t forget that idyllic balsam smell, that can bring back so many memories from Christmas times past, hiking in the mountains, or that trip to Moosehead.