Chinese White Pine Tree

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The long-lived Chinese White Pine Tree (Pinus armandii) has been long celebrated in art and poetry, and its essence has been captured in specialty Bonsai pruning techniques! Growing rounded and lyrically irregular with age, young Chinese White Pines start with conical with a dense arrangement of whorled branches packed full of blue-green needles!

Enormous, rough-textured cones develop as Chinese White Pine trees mature for a very distinctive, almost prehistoric look, along with edible pine nuts. This is the famed Mount Hua tree that survives tough, mountainous terrain and extreme altitudes! Mount Hua was known to serve the "scariest cup of tea" at a treacherous mountain pass in China, so why not let their indomitable strength be an inspiration in your own landscape?

Sometimes called the Armand Pine, these evergreen trees form large pinecones that birds and squirrels pick the seeds from. Esteemed for many centuries for their tenacity in the face of adversity, Chinese White Pine trees scramble for purchase atop thin, rocky soils. Growing throughout USDA growing zones 6 to 9, these White Pine can grow to a massive 50 to 100 feet in height with 25 to 35 feet in width!

Planting and Application:

Plant a single Chinese White Pine as a prominent focal point, or informal grouping on a rocky slope and sunny hillsides. These trees are gorgeous lawn trees and become incredible wildlife and bird-friendly fortresses! Strong against the windswept landscape, allow them to become sculpted over time. Use judicious pruning to create a customized fit.

Plant one in a sheltered spot in a specialty evergreen collection. Mount Hua trees become a visually arresting specimen you'll enjoy studying the huge, heavy cones on your garden stroll. Try one as a gift plant or a very special Housewarming present for your most discerning friends and family members. Add a gorgeous new shovel and a bottle of wine to enjoy after the young tree is well-watered in the ground.

Despite being a grand-sized tree, Bonsai enthusiasts will appreciate starting a new project with these rare specimens! Large or small, Chinese White Pines become a gorgeous addition to Zen-style gardens and add interest to large properties. Large groupings or rows are prominent windbreaks!

Underplant your Chinese White Pine with other broadleaf evergreens like Azaleas and Rhododendrons for a romantic garden moment. The long, thin needles of the Pine are a wonderful contrast to their leafy foliage.

  • Long Blue-Green Needles
  • Tall Formidable Canopy
  • Large Cones & Strong Limbs Are Wildlife & Bird-Friendly
  • Lyrically Branching & Whorled Needles
  • Specimens, Windbreaks, Shelterbelts & Shade

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant in a protected site with perfect drainage where it will receive full sun. Clay soils will not be suitable for Chinese White Pines (try Korean Pine if you have that kind of heavy soil type). Plant in full sun with at least six hours of sunlight a day. They need rich, well-drained soil for best results. Include symbiotic Nature Hills Root Booster in the planting hole of your important evergreen landscape trees. Supply supplemental water on a regular basis to keep your tree stress-free.

Mulch over the root zone, then pull it back away from touching the main trunk. Prune to correct broken limbs and candle prune to control size in early spring. Give it plenty of space to achieve the full spread for the best impression in the landscape. All plants appreciate Nature Hills Root Booster and a 3-4 inch layer of arborist bark chips to support their growth.

  • Grows in Full Sun
  • Easy Care In Well-Drained Soils
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Once Established
  • Thrives In Heat & Harsh Conditions
  • Seldom Damaged by Deer

Order the large and rugged Chinese White Pine Tree for your landscape! You'll enjoy its comforting presence for generations! Nature Hills Nursery grows trees that are extremely high-quality and are expertly shipped directly to your doorstep.

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Chinese White Pine Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-9
Growing Zones 6-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Pinus armandii
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 50 - 100 feet
Mature Spread 25 - 35 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring