How tall do pine trees grow?

Updated February 21, 2017

Pine trees, native to North America and other continents, are distinctive evergreen trees known for their pine cones and needles. There are more than 100 varieties of pine trees in the world, each growing to different heights.


Pine tree seeds are contained in their cones, making them different from many other species of tree. Pine trees are also quite hardy, growing in any type of soil in full sunlight.


According to, white pine can grow to between 80 and 110 feet in height, making it the tallest eastern conifer. These large trees have a spread of 20 to 40 feet.


Another tall variety is the sugar pine, which can reach 200 feet, according to While these majestic pines grow quite tall, there are also much smaller species. The dwarf mugo pine, for example, grows to only 3 feet in height with a spread of only 5 feet, and the bristlecone pine rarely attains a height of more than 20 feet.

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David Harris is a writer living in Portland, Ore. He currently is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Spectrum Culture. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.