Host an Event Volunteer Join Tickets

Support the plant database you love!

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions

Please forgive us, but Mr. Smarty Plants has been overwhelmed by a flood of mail and must take a break for awhile to catch up. We hope to be accepting new questions again soon. Thank you!

Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.

 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Sunday - October 03, 2010

From: Schaumburg, IL
Region: Midwest
Topic: Trees
Title: Best pine tree for northern Illinois
Answered by: Mike Tomme

QUESTION:

I live in Schaumburg,IL. What would be the best type of pine tree to plant?

ANSWER:

Here are a couple of choices for you to consider:  Pinus strobus (Eastern white pine) and Pinus resinosa (Norway pine). Pinus resinosa is also often called the red pine because of the color of its bark.

According to the USDA, both of these trees are native to northern Illinois and to Cook County where Schaumberg is located. Pinus strobus is the more widely distributed of the two. Both grow to be very large attaining heights of 100 feet or more. Both do well in dry or moist, well drained soil. Both require acidic soil with a pH less than 6.8.

Here is a link to a picture of Pinus resinosa, from the University of Illinois Extension Service, red pine picture, and here is a picture of Pinus strobus:


Pinus strobus

 

 

 

More Trees Questions

Plants for a school garden in College Station TX
July 20, 2011 - I need to plant some things in my school garden. Green plants and plants with some color. Hardly ever rains here. Please give suggestions.
view the full question and answer

Canadian Marine West Coast Plants
December 15, 2011 - What type of plants are found in the Canadian marine west coast climate?
view the full question and answer

Drought Resistant Privacy Screen for North Side of Austin Texas House
July 10, 2016 - We live in the densely populated Mueller development, where there's barely 3 feet from our home to the 6 foot high privacy fence between us and the house next door. Since the houses are 2 stories, we ...
view the full question and answer

Live Christmas tree in Katy, TX
March 16, 2010 - My husband is really bent towards having a live "Christmas tree" in the front yard. I hate to use anything non-native so I am looking for a native Texas juniper shrub or a small tree that can be tri...
view the full question and answer

Selection of trees for new home
June 30, 2008 - We are moving to Roanoke, Texas(Denton County) into a new home. Our home will have 3 trees which we can choose. They are Texas Ash, Live Oak, Sweetgum, Silver Leak maple, Cedar Elm and Bradford Pear...
view the full question and answer

Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.