White Pine (Pinus strobus) A very large growing conifer. Probably best used in parks and larger proprieties.
|Grows best in full sun but will tolerate some shade.
|average to moist, not constantly dry
|Soil & Site
|Grows best in fertile, well drained acid soils. In more basic soils it may develop chlorosis, which I have seen many times in our neutral to basic soils of southeastern Wisconsin.
|cones are 6-8" long by 1.25" thick and take two to three years to develop.
|The needles are: in groups of five, bluish green and last for 2-3 years. It is a very resinous tree.
|Bark on young trees is smooth and becomes gray and furrowed with age.
|A fast growing tree reaching up to 80 feet tall in the landscape and even double that in natural sites. Young trees are pyramidal in shape but developed a distinctive layered look with age. I call this a pagoda style of growth. The tree has an over all soft look.
|Having used this pine a few times and seeing it being used many times and it has a has a bad habit. When planted in the landscape the plant will usually be full. As it adjusts to the new environment it will drop a good portion of its leaves. This creates a lot of anguish for the new owner.
|White Pine not only was valued as a source of lumber but the trees made superb ship masts. AKA: , Weymouth Pine
|On the property my parents owned in northern Wisconsin (USA), there were many very large White Pine trees. Many of which I climbed and become covered with the plants pitch.
|Notes & Reference
|#01-Manual of Woody Landscape Plants (Michael Dirr) , #39-The Natural History of Trees (Donald Cultrose Pattie), #66-Trees of Eastern and North central USA and Canada (Harlow), #136-Gardening with Conifers (Adrian Bloom)