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Red Pine

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Evergreen, bare-root

Zones:  2-6

Soil Type:  Clay, Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height & Width:  60-80' Height and 30-40' Spread

Growth Rate:  Moderate/Fast - 12-24+" per year once established

Moisture Requirements: Dry to average soils

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Plant Characteristics

Red Pine

Pinus resinosa

The Red Pine is a long-lived conifer and one of our top sellers. This medium to large sized conifer has long, soft, flexible needles and beautiful bark that turns red as it matures. The tree is self-pruning, ultimately leaving the bottom portion of the trunk bare. A favorite of the paper companies, due to its disease resistance and future as a pulp producer. Try this evergreen with our Hybrid Poplar or other pines and spruces for a quick windbreak.

The Red Pine is also known as the Norway Pine. This tree has a very straight trunk and self-prunes as it matures. It is commonly used in recreation areas due to its attractive red bark. Grows on tough dry, rocky, gravelly areas, like the Jack Pine, but has more shade tolerance. The Red Pine will thrive in poor soil. It can tolerate heavy soil, but well-drained soils are preferred. This tree may be planted as part of a multi-species windbreak since its roots are deep and stong.

Common Uses:

  • Ornamental for its attractive red bark
  • Part of a multi-species windbreak
  • Grown for production of cabin logs and railroad ties
  • Widely planted around reservoirs for water quality protection
  • Reforestation and naturalizing former farm fields

The Red Pine is frequently used as a nesting site by red squirrels, crows, ravens, owls and hawks. The cones produce large seeds which are eaten by chickadees, finches, crossbills and mammals. In the northwoods, it is common to see a hawk, owl, eagle or osprey perched atop this tall tree, keenly searching for its next meal.

Product Questions

Will red pine grow in North Alabama?
Question by: DANNY Goodwin on May 19, 2021, 10:05 AM
Red Pine is suitable for planting in Zones 2-6. Alabama is not included in this region.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on May 19, 2021, 2:31 PM
Do deer eat young trees, do I have to protect them with a wire barrier
Question by: Jonathan Jensen on Mar 25, 2022, 5:57 PM
Ordinarily, deer are not interested in Red Pine. However, if food is scarce, just about anything can be fair game. For instance, typically, deer will not touch Spruce or Eastern Red Cedar either, but they've been known to damage the young seedlings if other more favorable food isn't available. If you have a significant deer population it doesn't hurt to protect the trees.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Mar 28, 2022, 11:47 AM
What is the best planting/watering practice for 10"-18" transplants to be successful?
Question by: Scott Schroeder on Apr 30, 2022, 8:04 AM
Watering: Water during the crucial first year of growth is the most important component to ensure seedling survival. In the event your seedlings are not receiving 1” or more of rainfall each week, it will be necessary to provide supplemental watering.

Deep watering approximately once each week is more beneficial than frequent light watering. Deep watering is achieved when the soil at and around the root zone is thoroughly watered, not just the surface area. This forces roots to grow deeper in search of moisture. We suggest 1-2 gallons of water each week, per plant.

The exception to this guideline is when temperatures are warmer than 85F, the planting site is in an area with exposure to hot sun or wind or drought conditions. It is necessary to provide more frequent deep watering under any of those conditions, up to 2-3 times per week.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Apr 30, 2022, 12:34 PM
How close can these be planted for a screen? What is the spacing of the trees in the bottom picture of your red pine page?
Question by: Robin Boggs on Mar 9, 2023, 5:27 PM
We recommend half the mature width of the trees for privacy. Keep in mind that Red Pine shed their lower limbs as they mature.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Mar 10, 2023, 7:58 AM