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The Eastern White Pine, Pinus strobus (L.), is the tallest native conifer in the Northeast, and was called the "Tree of Peace" by our native Iroquois Indians. Growing typically 75-100 ft tall, it is a nice tree to plant to create a forested area. And it is a rapid growing conifer, reaching 40 ft in around 20 years of age.
Also know as the soft pine its flexible needles are held in bundles of five. With some regular prunings, it can be used for outdoor bonsai plants, or even sheered regularly to form a hedge row of evergeen.
Pinus strobus is a very long-lived pine tree reaching 200-400 years of age, with some older than 450 years. One of the largest collections of tall Eastern white pines resides near Clarion, Pennsylvania, at the National Natural Landmark that is Cooks Forest State Park. With its cathedral of more than 100 trees over 100 ft tall, it is a national treasure that provides a glimpse into the past with this impressive stand of virgin white pines and hemlock.
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Photo and article by Keppy Arnoldsen
February 23, 2018 - Winter Woody Plant Identification at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center, Petersburg, PA. Hosted by Eric Burkhart. Event is free, but please register - click here to register
March 16, 2018 - Citizen Science at the PAC Herbarium, 1-3 pm, 10 Whitmore Lab, Penn State University Park campus - Explore the history of botany at Penn State, become acquainted with the herbarium and its collections, learn about the services the PAC provides for Penn State and the larger community, and hear about current research projects. Refreshments will be provided.
May 4, 2019 - Central Pa Native Plant Festival and Sale, 10am - 3pm, Boalsburg Mansion. Click here for details.
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