How to Care for a Weeping White Pine Tree

The eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) is available in a cultivar known as Pendula, a tree featuring weeping branches. Pendula displays the same soft needles developing on the branches in bundles of five as the parent species. Pinus strobus "Pendula" also requires the same care to grow it to maturity and keep it healthy. Pendula grows between 6 and 15 feet tall, with its trailing branches touching the ground. Used to create privacy screens or to accent a landscape, Pendula does best in specific growing conditions.

Step 1

Choose Pendula for landscaping if you live between U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 8. White pine and its cultivars typically thrive in cool climates, such as those of zones 3 through 6, but the tree will also grow in warmer zones 7 and 8.

Step 2

Purchase Pinus strobus "Pendula" from a local nursery, and transplant it to an area where road salt cannot affect it in the winter and early spring. Easy to transplant, Pendula has no tolerance for exposure to salt, a trait it inherits from the parent species. Keep Pendula away from roadsides and driveway edges if you reside in an area that typically experiences snowfalls.

Step 3

Locate Pendula in full sun to partial shade. The immature trees do well in a spot where they receive sun for only half the day, reports the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Step 4

Plant Pendula in slightly acidic soil that has a pH level less than 7. Refrain from putting Pinus strobus "Pendula" in compacted soil, such as you normally find close to a foundation. The white pine and its cultivars also fare poorly when situated in very loose soils. The ideal scenario for Pendula is an area featuring organic, fertile soil of medium moisture. White pine will not grow well in heavy clay.

Step 5

Water Pendula frequently during periods of drought. White pine does not tolerate drought well, especially in the warmer zones.