- Flattened needles that are about 3/4 inch long, the needles are dark green on top and silvery-blue on the undersides.
- The green resinous cones stand vertically and are two or three inches long.
- The bark is grayish-brown and smooth with raised blisters containing a sticky resin.
- Height of up to 80-ft with a very narrow crown.
- Prefers well drained acidic soils and cold climates, but I've found it almost everywhere here in Northern Minnesota.
Some images to help ID the tree:
- Topical applications
- Salve for the healing of wounds such as cuts, abrasions, burns, sores, and chapped areas.
- Prevention of chapped lips.
- When applied to chapped lips it speeds the healing
- As a warm tea
- Bronchitis, cough, consumption, and sore throats
- Inflammation of mucus membranes
- Colds and flu
The following images show how easy this is to do, I busted a knuckle open, just a small cut. Using the pitch in this manner seals the cut, keeping harmful stuff from entering. You can use it to seal a cut together as well, since the pitch has antiseptic properties it's like putting Neosporin in the cut, except the pitch is sticky and holds better. You could put a couple butterfly closures to truly close it up.
This is a Balsam right outside my shop, popped the blister with a pocket knife, apply directly to the cut.