Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Pinus monticola (Western White Pine)



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 Pinus monticola Douglas ex D. Don western white pine

Note: Throughout the years I've written short articles for our website's home pages (home pages are the front page of a website) about these plants. They are now included at the bottom of this page, and are illustrated by botanical drawings and paintings, some of which are from books published from 1500 - 1900.

A beautiful, tall pine, to 150, the Western White Pine is the state tree of Idaho.

It is found at mid to low elevations through the Rocky Mountains from British Columbia to Montana and at high elevations along the Pacific coast.

It is tolerant of a wide variety of soils and moisture levels and is hardy to USDA zone 4.

This highly ornamental tree has gray scaly bark and blue-green needles from 2-4 long.

The cones are 5" to 12" long and collected for crafts as they are beautiful and smooth.

Photo lower right, mature Western White Pine at Reed College campus, Portland, Oregon.


From Homepage January 23, 2007

Western White Pine (Pinus monticules) is a beautiful evergreen that grows in a wide variety of soils and moisture levels. It is hardy to USDA zone 4! Its long needles are blue-green, up to 4 inches long. The cones are 5 to 12 inches, very often collected for craft work.

A very nice understory for your Western White Pine is the Vine Maple (Acer circinatum). This hardy shrub or small tree is a favorite for fall color. The brilliant red, orange and scarlet leaves will never fail to delight! Very often available in bare root form at this time of year.

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