Highland Hill Farm
Po. Box 517
Fountainville, PA 18923
White Pine Trees
We have hundreds of white pine trees from small seedlings to large caliper trees ready for you to load and go. We have thousands of them in the field which we can dig!!!We sell pine seedlings in bulk (bare rooted) or in pots, or field dug landscape ready sized trees. We also can deliver to you or deliver and plant.
The Eastern white pine tree(Pinus strobus) is also known as the northern white pine. The White pine is a valuable trees in Eastern North America. At one time there were virgin stands of these pine trees which contained billions of feet of lumber. Most of those vast stands are gone. Luckily, since it is one of the fastest growing northern conifers, it is being used as a tree for reforestation projects, landscaping, screening, buffering and Christmas trees. Thus, today, it is one of the more widely planted evergreens in American trees.
Planting White Pine Trees
White Pine Whenever I think of white pines, I remember hunting when I was a kid and standing near trees that were giants. Now every pine tree I plant, I can envision those days in the deep woods near our farm and those grand trees and hope someone else will have that same enjoyment as I had. These trees will help you too in establishing a desired vision to your landscape.. Our gain privacy
Beyond their size, white pines trees also fill important ecological
niches. They grow across wide ranges of forest and planting conditions, finding much of America to their liking.
Our 6 ft White Pines
White Pine trees need protection from hungry deer, disease, insects, and competing
weeds. The better your weed control the better your trees will grow especially when young. When seedlings are planted, it best to plant them with large spacings to allow more light to the plant. Mow around them carefully If these trees are planted in shade, they tend to be more open. White pines are used around new construction because they perform in a wide range of soil conditions. If you have compacted soil from new construction, we suggest smaller trees of 3-5' height.
Growing anything undereastern white pines and spruces is tough and it is not the acid issue. The conifers produce such a fine mass of roots close to the soil surface that anything else trying to grow in that area has a herd time to compete for water and nutrients. Thus other plants often tend not to do very well near the pine trees. Call us for recommendations at 215 651 8329. You will need to provide good moisture and fertilize after planting durring the establishment period to get them off to a robust start. Root pruning of the white pine will help but don't cut out an area larger than 5% of the root zone at a time.
Our 7 ft White Pines
Our 8+ ft White Pines
This is our Small Dwarf Globular White Pine known as 'Blue Shag'
Other Evergreen Trees Plants & Shrubs We Grow
About Our Tree Farm
Pictures of Our Emerald Greens
Pictures of Our Green Giants
We stock at least 100 or more varieties of Evergreens at any one time. There are many more varieties available which we sometimes have in stock. If we don't stock the variety you want we will find it for you if possible. We can deliver and plant most our stock anywhere on the East Coast. See How We Dig Many of Our Arborvitae. Some varieties that we usually have on hand are listed below. If you don't see what you want, call us at 215 651 8329 or if you have any comments, please E-Mail Us
This is one of the deepest Blue Spruces we have. This ornamental spruce is 4-5' tall and is a very slow grower.
This is a top grafted Montgomery Blue Spruce on a standard. It is slow growing and mounded in shape.
Okay campers: This tree proves that scientists don't know when a tree is extinct. Fossil records showed that this tree was extinct for 35 million years, yet this deciduous conifer fooled them all until 1945 when it was rediscovered in a remote valley of Central China in 1945. Dawn Redwood or The Dinosaur Tree, is officially called, "Metasequoia glyptostroboides".
The Dawn Redwood first came to America in 1945 in seeds and has shown to be viable in zones 6 to 8. This tree grows fast and can reach 75 to 100 feet by 25 feet in diameter. It likes full sun to partial shade and is tolerant of moist to dry soils with ph ranges of 3.7 to 7.0. Go ahead and plant it in clay soils, loam or sand. Its bright green, feathery, needle-like foliage will turn brown and will drop quickly in the fall. Thus this plant will be suitable for a great summer screen or a specimen plant.
This plant is great for a Hort 101 beginner. It is easy to grow, pest free, adaptable, grows fast, and has soft bright green needles, and of course we have hundreds of 3-4' plants ready for your landscape.
Did you know that the Black Hills Spruce tree may have been named for the Black Hills of South Dakota, but no, the Ponderosa Pine was not named after the Cartwright's ranch along the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe in the popular TV series, "Bonanza." The Bonanza series originally ran from 1959-1971, and now we Hirsts, me, Marjorie, my dad, and my sons, all occasionally watch the reruns. Westerns, TV and movies both, never seem old or out-dated because they're set 100-plus years ago to begin with.
So, can you guess how the name was created for the Ponderosa Pine tree? We'll give you a hint, it's right there in the name Ponderosa... The Eastern White Pines which covered Pennsylvania, including our Bucks county, could grow incredibly tall, up to 150 feet. The Ponderosa Pine could reach over 200 feet. That's more than huge, that's immense, no, gargantuan, why that's ponderous! It was actually the English Botanist of the early 1800's who helped explore and catalog America's trees, David Douglas who named the Ponderosa Pine.
Douglas, hmmm, what tree could have been named after him...?
Douglas Fir is a visually striking evergreen tree that can grow to over 200 feet tall "out west," ranging from the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico all the way north towards the Arctic Circle of Canada and out to the Pacific coast. Douglas Fir has such a vast range, that's why it is the single most important timber tree of all. When we buy lumber, it's mostly Douglas Fir.
Douglas Fir grows especially well in snowy wet high altitude climates which are actually warmer than here in Bucks county. Although Eastern White Pine trees are native to Bucks County, and will grow more readily, the unique three-fingered forked branches, or "bracts," of the Douglas Fir can add aesthetic interest to your landscaping design. Here in the northeast, 130 feet is the tallest Douglas Fir trees can grow.
How'd the Douglas Fir get its name? For David Douglas, a Scotsman who came to search the botany of then exciting and new western America in the early 1800's. Alexis de Tocqueville came from France to search for democracy. It seems there were Europeans who came just as Americans did, to search the "new" west, from Lewis and Clark's famous excursion Thomas Jefferson commissioned, to John Wesley Powell's search for geology in the Grand Canyon, in short, people have always been searching in America. David Douglas catalogued several hundred species of trees, shrubs, and even flowers, like the Lupin (or Lupine).
The Red Fir, which is actually not even a Fir tree, but a pseudo-Hemlock, or "Pseudotsuga," was also known as the Oregon Spruce and the Oregon Pine. (Awfully confusing don't you agree?) Finally, it was named in honor of David Douglas. Keeping on with Douglas names, maybe Douglas Fraser gave the name to the Fraser Fir. Hmmm.
The Fraser Fir is a singularly distinctive specie of evergreen tree, or "conifer," as the trees which don't drop their leaves (needles) and stay green all year 'round are properly called by tree scientists. Do you know what tree scientists, in turn, are properly called?
So, why do botanists find the Fraser Fir so singularly distinctive? Because the Fraser Fir is the only fir tree which comes from the southeast. It is endemic, or "native," to the southern Appalachian Mountains. The Fraser Fir is considered to be the best-looking Christmas tree with its silvery green foliage and often perfectly conical shape with a pointed crown .
Douglas Fir trees are named after David Douglas, but Douglas Fraser did not get the Fraser Fir named after him, although this Scot was a great labor leader (Chrysler, 1960's and 70's, then, president of the United Auto Workers, 1977 to 83). Simon Fraser was a Scottish lad whose family moved to Canada from Vermont. He explored and mapped British Columbia's wide and wild river which meets the Pacific at Vancouver and so the Fraser River was named after him. The Rocky Mountains of our Pacific northwest and Canada have so many Pines, Spruces, Redwoods, Firs, etc., but where did the one fir specie of the southeast get its name you want to know already? It was named after yet another Scotsman! An explorer named John Fraser, following the Revolutionary War's end, introduced the Fir tree he found in the mountains of the Carolinas to the countries of Europe.
The Balsamic Vinagrette salad dressing we get actually does come from this tree, the northern equivalent of its very similar "southern cousin," the Fraser Fir of the southeast's Appalachian mountains. How is it that the tree is used? Probably the needle leaves are pressed and the squeezed out juice becomes Balsamic Vinegar, right? Wrong. Squeezed Balsam Fir needle juice is just Balsam Fur needle juice. Darn. We're sorry.
Vinegar comes from the souring, rotting, decomposition, or "fermentation" of fruits like apples and grape. Fermentation turns sugars into ethanol alcohol, the first stage being vinegar. Ohhh.
Wine vinegar which is aged in barrels, or "casks," of Balsam Fir wood will come out as Balsamic vinegar. The lower slopes of northern Italy's Alps, the "subalpine climate zone," provided Balsam Fir trees for the casks which were first used centuries ago to create special flavors of vinegar from the grapes used for "sherry," the sweet desert wine.
Balsam Firs don't grow especially well here in Bucks county, even though these are supposed to be a northern tree species. Our climate is just not "subalpine" enough. The Fraser Fir of the southeast will grow better here, believe it or not. Best conifer of all for Bucks county, of course, is our native Eastern White Pine. Balsam Fir trees do make a great Christmas tree. They are the traditional favorite in America, the best-seller up until 1975, with the strongest aroma of all. So if you must buy a fir, and you are from Bucks County, Make it a mink.
Economics of Growing Christmas Trees and Nursery Stock
Growing any crop involves risk of capital and time. No one can give you back your time. You can always earn money just by putting your captial in the bank and waiting. When you put your money in plants, your returns can be terrific. Where else can you invest a dollar and in afew years get 20, 50, and more dollars back in return? Yet many people fail to determine whether they really can make these huge profits and if they are real. You should review your investment opportunities before you invest. There are other uses for the land that you should consider. Only then can you make an informed decision.
The nursery market does experience numerous peroids of over production. Durring these peroids discounting is a method of selling stock durring these times. On our farms, our land cost was almost nil so when we harvested a crop we culled out stock and left trees in the field to grow to larger calipers than we planned to harvest in order to sell to large tree transplanting services. We realized premiums for these trees. Some trees were left in areas we wanted for recreational hunting. We then allowed some customers to hunt there. These customers become loyal and send us referrals. This is where going trees an hobby farming get blurred. We always treat our activities as a business but try to keep our customers as friends.
Try to monitore your costs for various species as a bank would. You will have to make assumptions as to future expenses. Many people don't do this because they are just not confident that they will have accurate projections. Organizing costs into groups helps one see where costs are and help get handle on projections.
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chemicals for weed and pest control
expected time from planting to harvest
cost of trees
estimate of tree loss on planting
cost of funds outlayed
Did you also know that we are located near Lenoir NC, Doylestown Pa and Milan Pa.? On our farms you will find a large assortment of trees plants and shrubs. We have many from seedlings and whips that are ready to plant or line out to large 2, 3 and 4" caliber trees that are B&B. Email us with your questions and Mark will find you an answer, hmmm....