Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Norfolk Pine Can Grow Up to 100 Feet

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Norfolk Pine Can Grow Up to 100 Feet

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Q - I got a Norfolk pine tree for Christmas 2017. We live in Florida, so we planted it in the yard. It is now about 6 feet tall and seems to be thriving; however, it has three stems. What will it look like when it is full grown? Should I just leave it alone or do two stems need to be trimmed off?

A - As long as it is undamaged by frost or storms, it will eventually look like a very large tree with three trunks. In its native habitat of Norfolk Island in the South Pacific it is not uncommon for specimens to exceed 100-plus feet in height. I'm sure as you drive around south Florida, eventually you'll encounter a tree that is at least several stories tall.

Nurserymen often sprout several seeds in a pot and grow three-trunk specimens for the indoor house plant trade in order to provide a fuller look for foliage customers. …

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