The eastern white pine has played a very important role throughout the history of America. In colonial days, the best of the trees were set apart by the king for masts on British ships. As the nation grew, the lumber of white pines built our homes and businesses.
Today it is still a valuable commercial tree but also favored in parks and spacious yards — both for its beauty and its fast growth. It has also been named the state tree of both Maine and Michigan.
Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade
Acidic, Drought, Moist, Well Drained, Wet
Eastern white pine seeds are favored by black bears, rabbits, red squirrels and many birds, especially red crossbills. While potentially damaging to the trees, the bark is eaten by mammals such as beavers, snowshoe hares, porcupines, rabbits and mice. White pines provide nesting sites as well for many birds including woodpeckers, common grackles, mourning doves, chickadees and nuthatches.