How fast do pine trees grow?

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How fast do pine trees grow?
The growth rate of pine trees varies by species. (Getty Thinkstock)

You can plant pine trees as a windbreak or just a decorative part of the landscape. Pine trees grow to heights of anywhere from one to more than 30 metres (four to 100 feet) in height depending on the species, and the growth rate varies likewise.

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Slow-growing pines grow less than 30.5 cm (one foot) per year, according to Clemson Cooperative Extension. Species considered slow-growing include mugo pine, Scotch and Virginia pine (also known as scrub pine). Longleaf pine is a unique species that grows slowly for as long as the first decade of life, but then begins growing 61 cm (2 feet) per year.


Spruce, Austrian, Ponderosa and red pine all have medium growth rates. Japanese black pine also grows moderately fast at a rate of 30.5 to 61 cm (1 to 2 feet) per year.


Loblolly pine is one of the fastest-growing southern American pines, while white pine is one of the fastest growing landscape pines. Slash pine also grows more than 61 cm (2 feet) per year.

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