How have they adapted to their environment?

The Eastern white pine tree is well adapted to its environment whether it be in dry soil or really moist soil. It has a long life span of about 80 plus years. They are fire dependent and generally have a fast growth rate which allows for them to compete with and oftentimes replace other predominant hardwoods following a fire. Eastern white pines can also do well in moderately shaded areas, which allows them to grow in the understory of the forest.

They have a lateral root system with some roots that grow downward called sinker roots, but do not possess distinct tap roots. This type of root system allows for greater surface area which increases the amount of water the roots can take up for the rest of the plant.


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