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  •  Missouri's only native pine is shortleaf pine. (8+ / 0-)

    Consequently, most ornamental plantings are species from elsewhere.

    As PHScott mentions, needles are key identifiers.  If the needles are in groups of 5, you've got it licked, because the tree is almost certainly eastern white pine.  My parents planted them in their yard in SE MO, and the ones that ended up in the best soil grew as much as three feet per year.

    If needles are in bundles of 2 or 3, the tree could be red pine (native to northern states), loblolly pine (southeastern states) or Scots pine (Europe).  And there are other possibilities as well.

    I've never seen a spruce pine planted in MO, so we can probably rule that one out.  They tend to have rather crooked trunks, and they like wet places.  Not your best choice for a yard planting.

    Post some pictures, and we will try to figure it out.

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