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Pine, Jack – 18-24″
Jack pine (Pinus banksiana) prefers dry, sandy soils and can grow as large as 60 feet tall. Stands of trees composed of primarily jack pine are crucial habitat for the Kirtland’s warbler, a bird that only lives in Michigan. Jack pine is hardy to drought and poor soils. When grown singly, it grows in a decidedly not-straight manner, with curving trunk and branches. Stands of jack pine grow in a more typical “pine tree” shape. Jack pines support many birds and mammals, which eat seeds and the insects that fee on the tree.