The Eastern White Pine has needles that are soft bluish-green 3-5 inches long in bundles of 5. The needles remain on the tree for two years. Cones are fully grown in the summer of the second season, opening to discharge seed that autumn. Cones are 4-8 inches long, curved, stalked, with scales, not spiny. On old trunks, the bark is deeply divided into broad ridges that are covered with purplish scales. The tree commonly attains 100 ft in height and 4 ft in diameter. Branches are in definite whorls of long lateral branches sweeping upward in graceful curves.