Scots pine is the most common of the pine species, and although it demands light, it also tolerates extreme growing conditions well. Pine wood is highly valued for its good mechanical properties: it is light, soft, and easy to process. Wood is mainly used for furniture and as a framing material in construction, as well as for the production of cladding and flooring boards, parquet, plywood, doors, and windows. The colour of the raw wood is variable, from pale yellow to reddish which aquires a beautiful brown colour after the thermo-treatment.
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Pine sprouts and branches are used as medicinal plants, and the needles are used to produce pine oil, vitamin C, and B vitamins. The flour and paste made from the needles is used as animal feed. Pine bark powder is used to clean up oil spills because it absorbs oil and other environmentally hazardous substances, but not water. Pine resinous wood tar used to be a universal household lubricant and impregnating agent, while today pine resin is used to make turpentine and rosin.