This tree and the next two on the trail, were planted by Michael Dirr, a renowned horticulturist who lived in Urbana in the 1970s. The White Pine is one of the fastest-growing ornamental pines, able to reach 75 feet in just 30 to 40 years. Although the bark is smooth and gray when young, it becomes dark and furrowed with age. The needles exist in clusters of 5, giving the tree a feathery appearance.
This beautiful native pine is very distinctive, with pendulous branches that sometimes sweep the ground. Rarely are two of them similar in character. This tree is sensitive to many conditions, not tolerating air pollution, salts or high pH levels.