(6) CLUSTER PINE
The CLUSTER PINE (Pinus Pinaster, Sol.) is not adapted for general culture in Britain, and therefore scarcely merits to be ranked among British timber-trees. In some parts of the east coast of England, however, plantations of this tree have been raised; and in deep sandy soil it produces a considerable bulk of timber in a short time. Thriving better when exposed to the sea-breeze than any other pine. The wood is not so durable as that of the Scotch pine; but it may be employed in the joinery of ordinary apartments. In general, however, it is not sufficiently strong for the roofing, joists, and other carpentry of dwelling houses. In France, and particularly in the neighbourhood of Bordeaux, it is extensively grown on the sandy wastes, for the production of resin, tar, and pitch, which are obtained by incisions made in the trunk, and by subjecting the wood to the action of fire. The seeds are ripened in England. The young plants require more care in transplanting than those of most other pines, being furnished with a stronger tap-root. The cluster pine is a native of the south of Europe and Algeria.
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