Trees and Shrubs forum: what type of pine? and what should I do?

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Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
May 10, 2016 4:33 PM CST
Poor thing is barely hanging on it seems, every year this is its condition. Please help me save it!
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Brenden
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
May 11, 2016 5:49 AM CST
How much soil is it planted in? To help figure out what pine it might be, can you pull off a set of needles (on pine they will be joined at the base rather than single needles) and either post a picture or tell us how many needles were joined per set.
Michigan (Zone 5b)
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crazypetunias
May 11, 2016 11:05 AM CST
It looks like a very sad white pine. You may want to just remove it and start over with a dwarf variety. White pines can grow quite large. It is not a good choice for foundation planting.
Name: Jeff
Hudson, Fla (Zone 9a)
Region: United States of America
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Moe
May 16, 2016 6:52 PM CST
Agreed !! White Pine...I think I would start over also...
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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sooby
May 17, 2016 7:32 AM CST
If Brendan could count the needles per bunch or send a picture of a group of needles we'd have confirmation. If it's white pine it should have bunches of 5 needles. There are dwarf white pines but I agree it's more likely a stunted "regular" one if that's what it is.
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
May 25, 2016 8:20 PM CST
Here is a few pics I just took

I want to save it if possible hate killing things for illogical reasoning
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Brenden
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Region: Canadian Keeps Horses Dog Lover Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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sooby
May 26, 2016 9:11 AM CST
Can you pull off invididual bunches of needles to see how many needles are attached at each base? Looking at the pictures it appears it is a two-needle pine, which would rule out white pine (a 5-needle pine), but pictures can sometimes be deceiving especially if the needles stick together. The needles also look a bit stiff and dark green to be white pine, but the easiest way is to count the needles in each bunch. Unlike spruce, pine needles don't attach to the stem individually and the number of needles per group is used for pine identification.

If it is a two needle pine, then can you bend the two needles to see if they snap in the middle (which would suggest red pine).
Name: Brenden Reinhart
Flushing Michigan (Zone 6b)
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bhart90
May 26, 2016 10:35 AM CST
Yes, I will when I get home
Brenden

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