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Eastern White Pine

TREES

GENUS/SPECIES


Pinus strobus

FAMILY


Pinaceae

SYNONYMS


Information not available

DISTRIBUTION


Eastern US

  • N Georgia northward along mountains to New Jersey, including E Tennessee and E Kentucky
  • Throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and New England
  • E Ohio, NE Iowa, and most of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota

Comments

This is the only native eastern “soft” pine. Its needles are very flexible, appearing bluish-green and in bundles of 5. Its rather narrow female cones are not prickly. It can become a large tree and does best in moderately moist but well-drained soil, and is often cultivated as an ornamental. Its wind-blown pollen is produced in rather large quantities from small male catkins in the spring, and the female or seed cones ripen after their second summer of growth.