Spruce Pine (Pinus glabra)

  • This heavily-foliated, much-branched evergreen has a bushy, irregular canopy of dark green, soft, twisted needles and a trunk that often becomes twisted and curved with age.
  • The lower branches on Spruce Pine make it ideal for use as a windbreak, large-scale screen or specimen and also creates light shade beneath larger trees. Although capable of reaching 80 feet in height in the woods, Spruce Pine is often seen at 30 to 50 feet when grown in the open and grows slowly. The 2.5-inch-diameter cones remain on the branches for three to four years and are a source of food for wildlife.
  • Growing in full sun on moist fertile soils, this native will also tolerate poor, dry soils, as well as wet sites better than other Pines. Many people forget how picturesque this Pine can become as it grows older. It should be used more as specimen tree.
  • Pines grow best on acid soil and are usually not recommended for planting in soil which have a high soil pH. This tree also grows best without grass competition and is unusual among the Pines in that it will grow in partial shade.

.Information Source: Pinus glabra: Spruce Pine

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