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It takes a wise man to learn from his mistakes, but an even wiser man to learn from others'.
-- Zen Proverb

Eastern White Pine

Mature Eastern White Pine on University of Connecticut campus. This is a very typical specimen grown in the open. Very straight trunk, Branches very long, but scattered. As you can see, this is not a tree for a city yard. If you use EWP as a row tree, plant 40 feet apart, alternating with a short lived tree between.


Eastern White Pine

Pinus strobus

As a boy scout in northern Idaho, I spent parts of several summers at Camp Grizzly. Part of the camp had a grove of old growth white pine, probably western white pine. Monster trees. As part of my forestry merit badge we had to measure some of these trees. 224 feet tall. 64 inches diameter for the biggest one by the instructors cabins.

Eastern White Pine

This is one of my 3 year old white pines, ready for a new home or soon, a new pot.

Eastern White Pine

Close-up showing the long graceful needles


That tree is no longer there. I talked to Glen, the caretaker some years later. (He was 86, and still cutting his own firewood!) The tree was hit by lightning, and had a split running down the trunk. They took it down before it fell, possibly destroying a cabin.

Eastern white pine is one of the fastest growing needle trees in Canada. According to some sources it can grow up to 5 feet per year. It will get very large.

Eastern White Pine

Like most pine, needles are in tufts at the end of twigs.

EWP is one of the 5 needle pines. Five needles in each cluster, each needle being very fine, almost like the bristle of a stiff paint brush. New growth is pale green with white lines of stomata.

Jury is still out on how hardy they are here. My first trial didn't do very well, but my second trial, now coming into their second summer here are doing very nicely.

Eastern White Pine

Middle of second summer early on a dewey morning. Seeing young trees like this is one of the rewards of my life.


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