Pine, Eastern White Pinus strobus
A hardy, valuable tree. Clustered soft blue-green needles. Ideal screen or windbreak. Likes moist, well-drained soils. Grows 50'- 80' with a 20-40' spread in the landscape. (zones 3-8)Pricing Information
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Hardiness Zones 3 - 8The Eastern White Pine can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Type of treeEvergreens
Mature HeightThe Eastern White Pine grows to be 50' - 80' feet in height.
Mature SpreadThe Eastern White Pine has a spread of about 20' - 40' at full maturity.
SunThis pine does well in full sun, partial shade.
Well-drained, moist, acidic, dry, wet soils
ShapeThis pine has oval, pyramidal shape.
The ease of transplanting and rapid growth of the eastern white pine tree make it an ideal candidate for landscape and windscreen applications. Wildlife that eat the seeds range form chickadees and game birds to rabbits and black bears. White pines are widely used as Christmas trees and are still very important as a lumber source.
A hardy, valuable tree. Clustered soft blue-green needles. Ideal screen or windbreak. Likes moist, well-drained soils. Grows 50' to 80' with a 20-40' spread inthe landscape, up to 135' or more in the wild. (zones 3-8)
Eastern white pine seeds are favored by black bears, rabbits, red squirrels, and many birds, especially red crossbills. While potentially damaging to the trees, the bark is eaten by mammals such as beavers, snowshoe hares, porcupines, rabbits and mice. White pines provide nesting sites as well for many birds, including woodpeckers, common grackles, mourning doves, chickadees and nuthatches.
The eastern white pine tree has been referred to as "the monarch of the forest." Some that greeted the first settlers reached a height of 250 feet with diameters of 6 feet. They were a bonanza for England in colonial times, as they met a vital military and commercial need for sailing ship masts. Since the colonists were rapidly using up the existing supply of trees close to the ocean that were large enough for masts, the Royal Navy appealed to Parliament. As a result, in 1691 Great Britain imposed the first of the so-called "broad arrow" acts, so named because of the axe mark placed on the reserved trees by the king's men, that reserved these trees for the English government. Growing resentment to the crown's appropriation of the choicest White Pines helped precipitate the Revolutionary War, and the first flag of the revolutionary forces even had a white pine as its emblem.
Does best in moist soil conditions, but can tolerate dry, rocky ridges to bogs.
The leaves are spiral shaped, flexible, five needles, 2 to 5 inches long.
Pink; yellow; nondescript.
The fruit is an elongated cone, 6 to 8 inches long, dry, brown.
Rate of growth refers to the vertical increase in growth unless specified differently. Rate, as is true for size, is influenced by numerous variables such as soil, drainage, water, fertility, light, exposure, ad infinitum. The designation slow means the plant grows 12” or less per year; medium refers to 13 to 24” of growth per year; and fast to 25” or greater.Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, by Michael Dirr.