White pine is native to Minnesota and has the fastest growth rate of all the state’s pine species. It has a pyramidal shape when young, with branches becoming more open, irregular and tiered as it gets older. White pine needles are long, bright green and “soft,” unlike the rigid needles of other pines. It does best in a well-drained soil, and will not thrive if planted in a wet, heavy clay soil. The cones provide a food source for songbirds. This tree is intolerant of road salt. Full sun to part shade.