Large, native, fast growing pine. Prefers fertile, moist, well drained soils but tolerates wet swampy areas or dry, rocky ridges. Provides timber and excellent cover for wildlife such as grouse, in dense, mass plantings.
Red Pines are a coniferous evergreen characterized by tall, straight growth. They grow very rapidly for the first 60-70 years of their life. They can live for up to 350 years and can reach heights of 120 feet and diameters of up to three feet. The roots of the Red Pine are moderately deep and wide spreading. The lateral root masses also send down sinkers to anchor the tree well into the soil. They grow best in light, sandy, well-drained soils, that are relatively low in nutrients. Red pines are self-pruning. They do not tolerate shading by other species or urban conditions.
Norway Spruce is one of the fastest growing of all the spruces. As this evergreen tree grows older, the side branches become horizontal, turning upward at the tip. Secondary branches of the Norway Spruce hang downward from the main branches, giving the tree a graceful appearance. Norway Spruces are one of the best conifers for shelters and windbreaks, as its branches grow densely into one another. For planting a windbreak, these trees can be planted 6 to 10 feet apart. Branches droop gracefully as tree matures, making this a very attractive ornamental.
Widespread use as Christmas trees. Prefers a cool, moist, sheltered location. Needles are 1 inch long, flat and blue-green in color, very fragrant. Will grow to 75 feet. Also excellent for wildlife shelter.