Virginia Pine is a slow growing evergreen tree that, due to its ability to take root and grow where other trees cannot, is sometimes called the “Scrub Pine” for its rough appearance. In New Jersey, it is also called the Jersey Pine, as southern NY and NJ are the northernmost parts of its native range, which is typically along the eastern and western slopes of the Appalachian Mountains. True to its scruffy appearance, it thrives on neglect and drought conditions, and in well drained soils with acidic or neutral pH, sandy loams, and heavy clay. It does best under full sun, and has evolved to invade barren embankments and hillsides where few other trees can grow. If you have a landscape problem where hills have been stripped bare, abandoned fields, or even infertile farmland, the Virginia Pine will soon take root and thrive to add a much needed windbreak and bit of greenery in those sunny, bare areas. They can suffer from the same diseases as other pine trees, but not often, and are usually trouble free. Virginia Pines have short needles, about 1.5 to 3 inches long, in pairs of two, with a twisted shape similar to a Scotch Pine. The reddish-brown bark of a young Virginia Pine is very smooth and thin but it becomes scaly over time. In some southern states, it is used as a Christmas Tree, as the younger Virginia Pines have an irregular pyramidal structure which can be easily reshaped into a classical Christmas Tree cone. Like the Scotch Pine, which it closely resembles, the Virginia Pine will grow a crown of interlocking branches at its peak when it reaches maturity.
Virginia Pine Tree
Latin Name- Pinus Virginiana Hardy Planting Zone- 6-9 Mature Height- 30-60 Width- 25-35 Sun or Shade- Prefers Full Sun
Ships In Fall (Near End of October)
Virginia Pine – Pinus virginiana