Pinus strobus (Eastern White Pine)


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Pinus strobus (Eastern White Pine) Seeds

Zones: 3 to 8.

Native to eastern North America.

The Eastern White pine is a majestic conifer that grows in an oval or pyramidal shape. It eventually grows to be a very large tree and needs lots of room, so it should be planted away from power lines and buildings.  It can be planted as a specimen on larger landscapes, in group plantings, for natural habitat restoration and shelterbelts. It features long, slender, blue-green needles, reaching 5″ in length, grown in bundles of 5 that are soft and flexible. It produces elongated brown cones that are 3–8 inches (7.5 – 20 cm) in length. Cones are curved slightly and have smooth scales. It prefers full sun but can tolerate part shade when young. It  can tolerate a variety of soils, but prefers sandy loam.  The Eastern White pine provides food and cover for small animals and birds.

Size: Height 50 to 80 ft; Width 20 to 40 ft.

Germination Instructions

Stratification: Provide about 60 days cold, moist stratification at 3° C (37° F) to 5° C (41° F).

  1. Soak seeds in water for 24 hours.
  2. Place seeds in sandwich bag(s) with a bit of damp sand or vermiculite to keep moist.
  3. Place the bag(s) with seeds in refrigerator for about 60 days.
  4. After the required time take the seeds out of the refrigerator and sow the seeds in pots 1/4 inch deep and cover lightly. Water gently so as not to wash away the seeds. Keep soil moist but not wet.