Eastern White Pine Characteristics
The Eastern White Pine is a large, rapidly growing evergreen that can grow up to 100' tall in the wild, but rarely reaches more than 80' in cultivation. It has long thin branches and an irregular shape. Needles are soft and grow up to 6" long in bundles of 5.
It is often found in wooded areas far from any structures. The long thin branches are susceptible to breaking under heavy snow or in strong winds. If planted closely together, these trees serve as an excellent wind break or barriers between large lawns. If trimmed and sheared, they are often used as hedges between smaller lawns.
The Eastern White pine thrives in the Pittsburgh climate as this is it's natural habitat. It grows best in moist and well drained soil with full sun. Eastern White Pines are not tolerant of clays, air pollutants, and road salt. It is also vulnerable to white pine blister rust which can be deadly for the tree.