Pinus monticola Douglas ex D. Don
Western white pine
Pinaceae (Pine Family)
Synonym(s): Pinus strobus var. monticola
USDA Symbol: pimo3
This 45-150 ft. evergreen forms a slender crown in thick stands or becomes more open and spreading when exposed. Branchlets are stout, bearing soft-textured, blue-green needles in groups of five. Bark is gray and smooth at first, becoming checked with flaking scales.
An important timber tree, Western White Pine is also a leading match wood, because of its uniformly high grade without knots, twisted grain or discoloration. It is one of the worlds largest pines; the champion near Medford, Oregon, is 239 (72.8 m) tall. White pine blister rust, caused by an introduced fungus (Cronartium ribicola), is a serious disease of this and other 5-needle white pines; a resistant strain is being developed.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Size Class: 72-100 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr
DistributionUSA: CA , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA
Native Distribution: Mts. of e. CA & w. NV to s. B.C. & w. Alt.
Native Habitat: Vartiety of mt. sites between 2000-9000 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Strongly susceptible to white pine blister rust.
PropagationDescription: Grow from seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Pinus monticola in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pinus monticola in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pinus monticola
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff