Prefers moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil in sun, although young trees tolerate light shade. Avoid planting in open, windy sites. Very cold tolerant.
Pinus strobus grows approximately 1 m (3.3 ft) annually between the ages of 15 and 45 years, with slower height increments before and after that age range. Mature trees are often 200–250 years old, and some live to over 400 years. Pinus strobus is cultivated by plant nurseries as an ornamental tree, for planting in gardens and parks. The species is low-maintenance and rapid growing as a specimen tree. With regular shearing it can also be trained as a hedge. Some cultivars are used in bonsai.