by Daniel Cruz
In its natural habitat, it can reach maximum pine Norfolkheights of 164 ft to 213 ft, this would be under optimum conditions. In Houston, the height would be more around 30 – 40 ft tall. It has a straight, vertical trunk and symmetrical branches. As it matures, the shape may become less symmetrical. The cones take about 18 months to mature and they disintegrate to release a edible nut-like seed.
These trees are very tolerant of sandy soil, salt and wind which make them ideal for coastal areas. However, young trees usually are grown as house plants to protect them from the cold of winter. If temperatures are too severe as in a long cold snap, the tree will not survive. Ideal temperatures would be 60-70 degrees with slightly cooler temps at night.
These make a great living Christmas tree but do like humidity of at least 50 percent so a humidifier would be a good idea. After Christmas, it can be potted and placed near an area where it can get a couple hours of direct sunlight per day. Turning the tree so each side receives sun will insure a more uniform growth on all sides. No fertilizer will be necessary during its resting period in the winter. When the top one inch of soil feels dry, give it enough water to trickle out of drainage holes. Do not let it sit in water for longer than 15 minutes.