This is a relatively small tree. The bark is dark reddish-brown, smooth on young trees, separated into small, flat scaly plates on older trees. The tree grows well on poor, dry soils and sometimes is referred to as "scrub pine." This is the most common pine tree that is native to Ohio. Seldom used for lumber, the wood is used for pulpwood, fuel, railroad ties and mine props. Pitch Pine and Short-leaf Pine are two other of approximately 8 pines that are found in Ohio.