Pinus resinosa Aiton

Red Pine

Photo credit: Original from Descr. Pinus courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library - (provided by Missouri Botanical Garden) modified to provide labels.

Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Pinus

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 2 to 5

Size: 50 to 80' tall

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun


Broad, conical head. Leaves in pairs, 5 to 6" long, slender. Cones 2" long.


Native to the northern US and eastern Canada. Cultivated since 1736.

Published in Hort. Kew. 3: 367 in 1789. Also published in Desc. Pinus 1: t.14 p.20 #10 in 1803 (and in ed.3 #12 in 1832) But the greatest number of these trees, are at Sion-House, the seat of the Duke of Northumberland, where the first that grew in England were raised. Though P. resinosa is rarely to be found in our Plantations, yet it is certainly entitled to more general cultivation, being of a very elegant appearance, and remarkable for the fragrance of its resin, which is very abundant.


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