Row of Eastern White Pine trees to be removed.

Eastern White Pine Growth Rate

This row of 14 Eastern White Pine trees at a residence in Burlington was planted as 12” seedlings in 1971. Due to the faster White Pine growth rate, this type of tree is often used in landscapes as a screen or barrier. After growing for over half a century and reaching an approximate height of 85 feet, however, these trees had served their purpose and were now becoming a concern due to the proximity to the home.

About Eastern White Pine Trees

Eastern White Pines are found throughout the eastern portion of North America. They prefer a cool and humid climate and have a fast growth rate relative to other tree species within their habitat range.
These trees thrive in well-drained soil with a slightly acidic pH level. They prefer full sun but can tolerate some shade. They are well-suited for planting in large yards, parks, and open spaces where they have room to spread out and reach their full height potential. Due to their size, it’s essential to consider the tree’s mature dimensions when selecting a planting location to avoid potential issues with overhead power lines or structures.

White Pines provide animal shelter; you may see deer, squirrels, and bird species feeding on the seeds.

Thin needles growing in clusters of five, about 3-5 inches long, help identify the Eastern White Pine.

Both male and female cones can be produced in the spring, typically between May and June. Male cones have overlapping scales that open to release pollen, sometimes seen as clouds of pale yellow in the air. Female cones can be up to 8” in length and 1” in width. They start green in color and ripen to brown when the seeds are mature and ready to be released into the wind.

Eastern White Pine trees are majestic conifers known for their tall stature, soft needles, and graceful appearance. These trees are popular choices for landscaping and forestry purposes.

Eastern White Pine Growth Rate

Eastern White Pine trees are fast-growing, typically adding around 2 to 3 feet in height per year under optimal conditions. These trees can reach impressive heights of 50 to 80 feet or more, with some specimens in the wild exceeding 100 feet. They can grow over 200 years and become over three feet in diameter. Their rapid growth rate makes them attractive for those looking to establish a screen, windbreak, or create a focal point in their landscape relatively quickly.

When White Pine Trees Should be Removed

While Eastern White Pine trees are long-lived and relatively low maintenance, there are instances where removal may be necessary. Reasons for removal may include disease or pest infestations that compromise the tree’s health, structural damage from storms, or improper pruning. Or when the trees pose a safety hazard due to their proximity to utility lines or buildings, as was the case with this row of White Pines we were removing.

Eastern White Pine trees are valued for their rapid growth, graceful appearance, and versatility in landscaping. By understanding their growth habits, planting requirements, and potential considerations for removal, you can enjoy the benefits of these trees in your outdoor space.

Row of trees being removed due to fast white pine growth rate.
Last of row of 14 White Pine trees to be removed.
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