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Shedding White Pine Needles (IL)

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From: Hildegard Shaffer
Newport, RI
We planted a young white pine in 1996 and this year for the first time a lot of needles are falling Is this going to happen every year or will it stop for a few years? This pine stands in a large area of periwinkle and the needles are therefore hard to clean up. Will the needles kill the periwinkle?

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
All conifers shed their needles, including eastern white pine (Pinus strobus). Needles are shed every year, however, some years the needle shedding is much more pronounced and noticeable -- this is completely natural, unless of course all your tree's needles fall of at once leaving the tree completely bare!

The white pine's needles will not kill the periwinkle; however, conifer needles can increase the acidity of the soil.

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