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Savor the resinous aroma and music of a sheltering pine tree on a breezy summer day. Tufts of long, graceful needles, rugged silhouettes, and often showy trunks are the hallmarks of this huge tree family. Artfully pruned dwarf pines in containers and rock gardens can look ancient even when they're quite young. Look for three-needled pines such as lace-bark and longleaf, and red and black pines including Scotch, Mugo, Austrian, and Japanese red and black pines, for their greater tolerance of drought, salt air, cold, and other extreme conditions. Well-drained soil is a must for growing pines successfully. Most species prefer moist soil in full sun. Eastern white pine may become iron-deprived and turn yellow in high pH soils.
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