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Red pine

Pinus resinosa

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The yellow-green leaves of this pine are 4 to 6 inches long. The bark is densely branched and flaky and reddish in the upper crown, scaly and pink-gray at the base. The tree has thick orange to red-brown shoots, chestnut-brown female cones, and purple male cones.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsRed pine is found from Nova Scotia to West Virginia. It slowly grows to 75 feet and tolerates poor conditions. Use as a specimen tree, or for shelter or windbreaks.

CareGrow in any well-drained soil in full sun. 

PropagationGraft cultivars in late winter.

ProblemsCommon pests include sawfly, caterpillars, scale insects, mealybugs, miners, and borers. Blister rust, butt rot, blights, pitch canker, cone rusts, tar spot, and brown cubical rot.

  • Genus : Pinus
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Characteristics : Interesting Bark
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Plant Type : Trees

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