Eastern White Pine

Description:

Beginning with the British colonists, eastern white pine (or white pine) has proven to be one of the most important and most desirable species of North America.

Leaves (needles) are soft, flexible and bluish-green to silver green in color and are regularly arranged in bundles of five. Needles are 2 1/2-5 inches long and are usually shed at the end of the second growing season.

For Christmas trees, sheared trees are preferred, although some people feel shearing results in trees too dense for larger ornaments. Needle retention is good to excellent. White pine has very little aroma, but, conversely, is reported to result in fewer allergic reactions than do some of the more aromatic species.

(Picture from National Christmas Tree Association)

 

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