The White Pine is a fast growing (2-3 ft per year or more) evergreen and is native to eastern North America. In Sep. through Oct. this pine "sheds" all of its needles that grew out the previous year. When grown in the open its branches extend to the ground, when grown in windbreaks they usually loose these lower branches, which is common in the pine family. It will grow up to 100+ ft tall and 25+ ft wide; its large spreading root system is very wind firm, but its branches are slightly brittle and more susceptible to damage by snow, ice, and windstorms. It prefers a well-drained soil and does not like to have its roots too wet. The White pine can grow well in sandy conditions where the spruce would not do as well. It is quite adaptable to dryer sites if not planted too closely together. The White pine tree is a recommended tree for fast growth.