What the heck is Beetle Killed Pine?Posted: October 7, 2019
Beetle Killed Pine is the term used for Pine trees killed by the Mountain Pine Beetle.
This tiny little beetle has killed over 100 million acres of trees across the U.S. and Canada.
The beetles burrow into the trees to lay their eggs, cutting off the flow of nutrients and water to the trees. In effect, they kill the tree from the inside out.
In the process, a fungus from the beetle is introduced into the tree and discolors the wood with a distinct blue tint. The beetle does not affect the structural integrity of the wood as long as it’s harvested within a couple of years. The blue-stained wood is a natural occurrence and results in some of the most dramatic and beautiful natural coloring compared to any wood species in the world.
Learn more about Beetle Killed Pine with this deep-dive blog post.
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