Eastern white pine

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. March 2011.

Scientific name: Pinus strobus L.

Common name(s):  eastern white pine, Weymouth pine

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-can reach up to 150 feet in height and a 40 inch DBH

-young bark is thin, smooth, greenish-brown

-old bark is deeply fissured, dark grayish-brown

-evergreen needles in clusters of five

  • 2 1/- 5 inches long
  • blueish green

-cones are 4-8 inches long, 1 inch thick


-The white pine weevil affects its quality and volume


-white pine blister rust

-red ring rot


-rocky sites



-cool humid climates

-well drained soils



Dickerson, John. “Plant Fact Sheet .” EASTERN WHITE PINEPinus Stobus L., USDA NRCS, Feb. 2002, plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_pist.pdf.