Norway “Red” Pine

Norway Red Pine

  • Zone: 2
  • Height: 50-75 feet
  • Width: 25 feet
  • Growth rate: 1-2 feet/year
  • Water: medium
  • Sun: full sun
  • Tolerance: sandy, dry rocky soil
  • The Norway “red” Pine derives its name from its reddish-brown, scaly bark. As the tree grows older, the bark transitions to form wide, flat-topped ridges with shallow splits between the ridges. Needles are long and range from between 3 to 8 inches in length and grow 2 needles per bundle. The cones are 1.2-2.5 inches in length. The Norway pine can be used as a landscape tree or specimen tree in the landscape. The broad shape makes it a good choice for a natural screen or windbreak. These pines should not be planted where they will be exposed to de-icing salts or in excessively moist soils. Red pines grow in sandy soils, but they are also adaptable to well-drained loamy soils and can tolerate dry, rocky soils as well.