About This Plant

Pinus banksiana, commonly known as banks pine, is characterised by its distinctive bark and moderate height. The bark of this hardy North American pine species is typically greyish-brown, forming scaly plates that peel away in small sections. These plates give the tree a rugged and textured appearance. As the tree matures, the bark tends to develop a reddish-brown hue, adding to its visual interest. In terms of height, banks pine generally reaches a moderate stature, growing up to around 20 to 70 feet (6 to 21 meters). The tree’s slender form and flexible needles contribute to its resilience, making it well-adapted to a variety of environmental conditions.

The Story


Pinus banksiana features needle-like leaves that are bundled in pairs. These needles are typically slender, measuring around 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) in length. The leaves are borne in fascicles, or groups, and appear in a distinctive twisted manner. The needles are often dark green in colour and exhibit a slightly twisted or contorted form. This adaptation helps the tree conserve water and withstand harsh environmental conditions.


The seed cones vary in shape, being rectangular to oval or cone-shaped.
Home » Attractions » The Arboretum » Features » Bank’s Pine