At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Pinaceae
Latin Name: Pinus resinosa
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Evergreen
Bloom: Non-flowering
Shape: Oval-rounded crown
Bark: Red-brown
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 2 to Zone 5
Size: 50 to 80 feet
Spread: 20 to 25 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Pinus Resinosa—commonly known as the Red Pine—is an evergreen Pinaceae family member native to the northeastern regions of North America, with a scope extending from Newfoundland to Virginia and expanding as westward as Manitoba and Montana. A proudly upright, oval- to round-shaped species, the Red Pine is noted for its columnar trunk, self-pruning nature, and the warm bronze-red undertones of its gray-brown bark. It has been claimed as the state tree of Minnesota, and occasionally goes by the name “Norway Pine” (thought to be called so due to early European settlers’ misunderstanding when they confused this species with the Norway Spruce).

As a coniferous non-flowering evergreen tree, the Red Pine is distinguished by dark green needle-like leaves, brittle and long, clustered in tufted fascicles of two, and which break cleanly when bent. The tree’s twigs and buds are tinted a cheery coppery-brown. The Red Pine’s oblong cones are broad and smooth, tainted a dusky purple-blue hue until they ripen and turn a glossy chestnut-brown. The tree bark is thick and smooth-plated at the trunk’s base, thinning and flaking the higher it goes, exhibiting bright orange-red streaks along the branchless portion of the trunk right beneath the tree’s canopy.

The Red Pine thrives in medium, well-drained soils in upland territories, favoring full sun and proving quite intolerant of shade. It shows a commendable resilience against gusts of wind. At its best, a mature Red Pine can rear up to 50-80 ft., with a spread of 20-25 ft. This species has been known to survive for hundreds of years, with some specimens documented as being over 500 years old. The Red Pine can be planted in landscapes and is a common tree of plantations. Its wood is particularly valued for timber and paper pulp.

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