The Virginia Pine is a very hardy and rugged North American native coniferous evergreen tree that is so adaptable it can grow where even other pines won’t, which makes it useful to cover infertile areas, such as for erosion control or privacy screening on rocky slopes where nutrients are scarce. This is why one of its common names is 'poverty pine.' It will also thrive in clay and sandy soils. Averaging 20 to 30 feet in height and 15 to 20 feet wide at maturity, the trees branches become gnarled with age forming an irregular rounded canopy, hence another common name of 'scrub pine.' Because the medium to dark green needles remain on the tree for up to 3 years, and are somewhat stiff and only 3 inches long, the tree also bears the name 'spruce pine.' The pine cones also remain on the tree for years after they have opened and released the seeds, making the stems with cones attached fine for use in Christmas decorations. If you like trees with gnarled and bent branches and irregular form, you'll like the Virginia Pine more and more the older it becomes. Get all the details below!