"The pine trees, aged, black, and solemn"
Black pines
Creative Commons AttributionBlack pines - Credit: Eric Vondy

The pine tree has been a symbol of New England since pre-colonial times. After their arrival, the settlers began to use it on their flags, feeling that its stately dignity, uprightness and austerity captured the ideals of Puritan life, as well as embodying the strange and frightening wilderness against which they were proud to struggle.










Though the pine’s prodigious longevity has made it a symbol of immortality, it is also equated with old age and death. Pines are often planted in cemeteries and engraved on tombstones, while their soft, pliable wood makes them a popular material for coffins.