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White Pine

Pinus strobus


This pine is a large, long-lived evergreen. Specimens often live for 200-300 years, but individuals have been cored and determined to be at least 500 years old. Branches often turn up at their tips and older trees lose their symmetry and become craggy (see photo). Needles are in bundles of five and are 2-5 inches long. Cones are slender and brown.


White pines prefer well-drained soils and cool climates.


I took this photograph while on a wilderness canoe trip in northern Minnesota.

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Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 11 years ago

Thanks to both of you for the nice comments (although it is really a late thank you to you Luc!). I really like these big trees and with red pine they dominate the skyline as super-canopy trees in the Boundary Waters.

Rach 11 years ago

LOVE IT! My favorite tree of all time.... So majestic!!!!

LucBertrand 13 years ago

Wow! Gordon is a beautiful picture you took. The shadows of pine trees on a sky on fire. I love your picture :)

Gordon Dietzman
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Gordon Dietzman

Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Oct 4, 2008
Submitted on May 6, 2011

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