Anti-arborist historians won’t tell you this, but the Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) is at least partially responsible for the Revolutionary War. Once a massively popular timber tree, the Eastern White Pine was prized by shipbuilders for its long, straight trunk used in the production of ship masts.
As spring is in full effect, several growers have been noticing what’s called “winter conifer damage” on their conifers. And lately, we’ve been receiving multiple questions about this, what it looks like, and how to prevent it. In this blog, we’ll be addressing those questions and offering some advice to conifer growers on how to prevent winter damage.
When Christmas trees come to mind, growers are familiar with the “tried and true” species such as Balsam Fir, Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, and the reigning champion, Fraser Fir. However, as the weather becomes more unpredictable and extreme, growers are turning to less finicky alternatives in exotic Firs.