Pine - Knowledgebase Question

Rochester, MN
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Question by emcintos
April 17, 2006
I need a large pine to serve as a screen and windbreak. We live on the top of a rise and the wind can get quite ferocious at times. The location of the tree will be south w/full sun. The soil is clay. I'd like it to be a fairly quick grower. And of course it must be able to withstand Minnesota winters. A local nursery recommended an eastern white pine but I've read that they don't stand up to harsh winds. Any suggestions?

Answer from NGA
April 17, 2006
White pine is subject to breakage during ice storms. You might consier Abies (Nikko fir) has glossy green, 1? needles on a fairly narrow tree holding its pyramidal shape in old age; fairly wind-tolerant; or Picea (Black Hills spruce) is a nice alternative to blue spruce; needles are short and dark green; likes to be kept moist; tolerates tough sites and conditions; extremely hardy.

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