Soft pine trees are a type of conifer tree. They’re known as such because they have softwood, unlike some other pine trees. Softwood trees typically keep their needles throughout the year. So these are trees that will provide beauty to your landscape year-round. That is one advantage they have over hardwood trees. Softwood trees also typically grow faster than hardwood trees. They’re easier to work with because they are soft and are typically used for building materials.
Now that you know the advantages of these trees, what are some types you should consider growing in your yard? Read on below to find out more information about five of our favorite soft pine tree varieties.
Eastern White Pine
This soft pine tree is also sometimes known as the northern white pine. You’ll love the eastern white pine tree because it’s one of the most beautiful softwood pines. You’ll also love its soft, long, flexible needles and long brown cones. The cones grow to be about three to eight inches long. The white pine is great for a wildlife garden or a reforestation project. It can also be used as a screen or for windbreaks. And it will transplant easily, which can be an advantage. This is also a soft pine tree that can be used as a Christmas tree.
It grows best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. It can also grow in acidic soil and can even tolerate dry, rocky ridges. Certain varieties of eastern whine pine trees can grow up to 125 feet tall, especially in the wild. In general, they usually grow about 50 to 80 feet tall and 20 to 40 feet wide. It’s also a fast-growing tree and can grow up to 24 inches per year. Want to bring some wildlife to your landscape? This tree can be a nesting site for different birds, such as woodpeckers, chickadees, and mourning doves.
This soft pine tree is also known as the black pine, and it’s both an important softwood commercial tree and a tree that’s good for wildlife. Lodgepole pines have yellowish-green to dark-green needles that are twisted in bundles of two and a long, slender trunk that resembles a pole. The thin and flaky bark can be in shades of orange-brown, grey, and black. It also grows to create a round shape with a crown that resembles a cone.
This tree grows best in full sun to light shade. It would preferably have about four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight a day. This tree also tolerates a variety of soil types, including acidic, loamy, moist, rich, clay, silty loam, and well-drained soils. It grows 70 to 80 feet tall and 20 feet wide at maturity. The cones, which will be about 1.5 inches long, will start growing when the tree is only 6 to 10 years old. Then the cones will stay attached to the tree, mostly unopened, for years. This is one reason why the lodgepole pine can be used as an ornamental tree, especially when it’s young.
This tree is beautiful and adaptable to many different types of climates. It’s a popular Christmas tree because it can hold on to its needles for a long time. It grows into an oval shape and produces oval pine cones. Both the pine needles and the dry brown cones grow to be about one to three inches long. The needles are a beautiful blue-green that turns to a yellow-green shade in the winter months.
This softwood pine tree can grow up to 60 feet tall and 40 feet wide at maturity, and it grows about 12 to 24 inches a year. The ideal growing conditions for a Scots pine include full sun. It’s at least somewhat drought tolerant. But it grows best in soil that’s loamy, moist, acidic, well-drained, or dry. This means that the tree should get about six hours of unfiltered sunlight each day.
Different types of mammals and birds can be attracted to this tree because they eat the pine seeds. Owls can nest in Scots pine, as they prefer large conifers. If you’re interested in the Scots pine, you can use it as a windbreak or just a single specimen tree. It’s also used for reclamation because of its reseeding abilities. And, ultimately, the life span of this tree can be 150 to 300 years long.
Contorted White Pine
Want a soft pine tree that will give your landscape something new and interesting? Try the contorted white pine. Thanks to the twisted branches and needles, this is one of the most unique soft pine trees. The evergreen needles grow in clusters of five. A type of eastern white pine tree, it can grow to be about 10 feet wide and 40 to 50 feet tall. It’s fast-growing and can live for up to 100 years. It grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. As for tree service, this tree only needs to be pruned occasionally, and only trim the new growth.
Weeping White Pine
This soft pine tree resembles a beautiful waterfall thanks to its branches growing downward, as well as its long, soft, blue-green needles. Those needles can be about two to four inches long. It’s also a great choice for groundcover. If you do early pruning, it can grow to be about 12 feet tall. Another advantage of this tree is that it’s very adaptable. If you choose this tree for your landscape, keep in mind that it grows best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. It’s not very tolerant of drought or salt.
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