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White Pine
White Pine

White Pine

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The White Pine Christmas Tree has beautiful soft, long needles and excellent needle retention to create a warm and inviting feel. The White Pine Christmas Tree is known for its elegant, symmetrical shape and holds up well during shipping and handling.

The largest pine in the U.S., the White Pine has soft, flexible needles and is bluish-green in color. Needles are 2½ - 5 in. long. White Pine's have good needle retention.

Beginning with the British colonists, eastern white pine (or white pine) has proven to be one of the most important and most desirable species of North America. It is a truly magnificent tree attaining a height of 80 feet or more at maturity with a diameter of two to three feet. White pine is considered to be the largest pine in the United States. In colonial times, white pines above 24 inches in diameter were reserved for England to be used as ships masts. These trees were identified by blazing a broad arrow on the trunk. Because of the colonists general dislike of British rule, this "broad arrow" policy was one more source of friction between the two. Until about 1890, white pine was considered the species of choice for most commercial uses. It is the state tree of Maine and Michigan.

Leaves (needles) are soft, flexible and bluish-green to silver green in color and are regularly arranged in bundles of five. Needles are 2 1/2-5 inches long and are usually shed at the end of the second growing season. Both male and female flowers (strobili) occur on the same tree, with pollination occurring in spring. Cones are 4-8 inches in length, usually slightly curved and mature at the end of the second season. Cone scales are rather thin and never have prickles. Cones also have exudations of a fragrant gummy resin.

When you pick up your tree, or it is delivered, a fresh cut has been made at the bottom of the trunk. The fresh cut removes any “sap cap” that has developed since it was originally harvested and allows the tree to uptake water. 

Your tree needs to get in water - nothing fancy, room temp tap water works - ASAP. If you can’t put it in the stand or get it in the house right away, put it in a bucket of tap water in the garage or somewhere safe from freezing.

Occasionally trees don’t want to uptake water, even with a fresh cut. Let your tree sit in the stand for a day before you put your ornaments on just in case… bonus for your patience: branches relax after the tree is unwrapped so waiting actually makes decorating easier.

Trees are thirsty. Check that stand often and refill - particularly at the beginning. Your tree will start to slow water consumption over time. But those thirsty first few hours/days are critical for a long-lasting, happy tree.

Speaking of long lasting… a well cared for tree can last, without drying out, 4-6 weeks. Like all living things, some might last longer, some shorter. Nature is hard to predict.

Sorry to burst your bubble but any of the “tricks” you may have heard for tree longevity - adding aspirin to the tree’s water, seven-up, gin -  don’t really work. Plain old Chicago’s Finest room temperature tap water is what you want. [You can, however, mix the 7-up and gin into a cocktail for yourself and take the aspirin the next morning…]

If your tree is stubborn and won’t take water after 48 hours, let us know and we’ll replace it. 

Happy Holidays!