"Oh no! I didn't want that! We always get Pines with short, soft needles."
Ahhh... that would probably be a Fir tree.
Uh huh... Spruce.
Sometimes they want Cedar (aka Juniper).
And then there's Hemlock. There are other conifers and evergreens too. I'm just thinking of the ones here, and the ones most often written about as the holidays approach, and for each of the last 15 years, I have had at least one discussion with a writer. They don't always go well. When using plants medicinally, it is really important to understand this distinction.
These are all conifers (cone bearing) and evergreen. They are not all Pines.
|SCOTS OR SCOTCH PINE|
|CONCOLOR OR WHITE FIR|
Broccoli is a vegetable - not all vegetables are broccoli. Nobody calls spinach broccoli.
Tinsel is a decoration - not all decorations are tinsel.
A cat is a pet - not all pets are cats.
See how this works?
|NOT EVERGREEN, CONIFER, OR EVEN A TREE. BUT IT IS A PLANT. PINE? NO.|