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Southwestern White Pine

Pinus strobiformis

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Southwestern White Pine, short pine tree with side base

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If you want a tough conifer for your yard, the Southwestern white pine (Pinus strobiformis) is the ideal selection for your native landscape. This tall evergreen features a pyramidal habit with a slender trunk. You typically find these trees from Texas to Arizona. For those rocky yards or dry locations, you definitely need to add the Southwestern white pine to your inventory.

Plant Attributes

The Southwestern white pine is also known as the Chihuahua white pine or Mexican white pine. This tree is more drought and heat tolerant than the popular Eastern white pine. The younger trees are pyramidal in shape, and they will become open and irregular with maturity. This tree resembles a limber pine, but the branches are not as heavy. These pines can grow up to 90 feet in height and spread out to 40 feet. You can expect these Southwestern white pines to grow about 12 inches per year.

This white pine’s branches are horizontal and stiff. On those branches, you will find finely serrated needles presented in bundles of five. Many of these bluish-green needles last for five years. The bark of this pine is thick, furrowed, and rough. However, the bark will look smooth and silver on younger trees. The Southwestern white pine produces brownish cones that range from 3 to 9 inches long. During the late summer and early fall, the birds and squirrels consume the cones’ large seeds.

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This charming tree makes the ideal accent in any landscape. You can even plant a few of these white pines in a row to create a loose privacy screen. The needles will help to calm down any harsh winds around your property. This Southwestern white pine is sure to make a stunning statement in your space.

Since the Southwestern white pine is a native North American tree, it is ideal for those natural landscapes. Make sure to add a few boulders to your landscape or place some gravel down for a more naturalized look. You might want to create a wildlife habitat in your landscape. This tree will make an excellent place for birds to nest or roost throughout the year. With the delicious seeds from the cones, you will notice plenty of birds hanging out in your backyard.

The Southwestern white pine makes the perfect Christmas tree. Its bluish-green needles are sure to shine in your landscape. This stately variety will look stunning as you hang on a few strings of lights around this pine. The tree is the perfect piece to add to your holiday decor. With the addition of a Southwestern white pine, you can have your own personal Christmas tree for an unforgettable holiday display.

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Southwestern White Pine


The Southwestern white pine is a native to Colorado, and it is a perfect choice for natural landscapes. Along with that, the pine excels as a windbreak or privacy screen. If you want to wow the neighborhood during the holidays, you cannot go wrong with this impressive pine. This Southwestern white pine makes a great selection for any terrain that needs a big tree for its space.

Arbor Valley Nursery is ready to help you bring this white pine home to your business or customers. We are a wholesale tree nursery distributor for commercial landscapers, garden centers, and nurseries. We have a large selection of products, including the spectacular Southwestern white pine. Our team is ready to help you find the right landscaping element for your next project. If you want to learn more about this white pine or have any other questions, please take a few minutes to fill out the contact form.

Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Tree
  • Watering Needs: Low to moderate
  • Botanical Pronunciation: PI-nus STROH-bus
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Medium
  • Average landscape size: Height 35 to 50 feet,width 20- 30ft
  • Special features: survive on rocky ridges and wet bogs
  • Foliage color: Dark green
  • Blooms: June
  • Flower color: Monoecious; female reproductive structures are pink, the male is yellow
  • Flower attributes: Showy, evergreen, fruit, and berries
  • Garden style: Prairie, Meadow
  • Design Ideas: Parks, estates, and large properties
  • Companion Plants: Azaleas, Woodland Sunflowers, Hostas, Jacob’s Ladder, Lily of the Valley, and Ivory Sedge

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