Southwestern White Pine

Southwestern White Pine

Pinus strobiformis

It may look soft, but this is a very tough tree that will grow in virtually any soil and is very hardy in northern New Mexico’s climate. With moderate year-round watering, it is drought tolerant once established. A Southwestern White Pine will  grow at a rate of about eight to ten inches per year, up to about 40 feet high.

The needles are blue-green in color and have a soft texture, and the cones can be from 3 to 10 inches long.


An annual shearing when the tree is young will help increase the density of the branches.

Type of Plant: Evergreen/Conifer

Distinguishing Characteristics: Soft blue-green needles

Water Use: Moderate

Flower Color: NA

Sun/Location: Full Sun