Slash Pine (Pinus elliottii var. densa)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 40 to 100 feet
Plant Spread: 20 to 60 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Needled
Fruit: Other: 3 to 6 inch long brown cone with small prickles
Suitable Locations: Beach Front
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Fire Resistant
Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Monoecious

maturing trees in dry prairie

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Location: Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek, FLDate: 2018-03-27maturing trees in dry prairie
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Location: Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek, FLDate: 2018-03-27a grove in the dry prairie
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Location: Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek, FLDate: 2018-03-27trunks with some burn marks in dry prairie
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Location: Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, FLDate: 2018-03-22lone tree in park
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Location: Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, FLDate: 2018-03-22trunk and bark
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Location: Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, FLDate: 2018-03-22foliage close-up
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Location: Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, FLDate: 2018-03-22two cones with dry needles nearby
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Location: Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, FLDate: 2018-03-22lone tree in park
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Location: Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek, FLDate: 2018-03-22looking up trunk
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Apr 9, 2018 8:22 PM

This South Florida Slash Pine is the variety only found in southern Florida. The whole species is native to all of Florida into southern South Carolina and west to Louisiana. It has needles mostly in clusters of 2, but with some in 3's that are about 8 to 12 inches long. The brown cones are conical and about 3 to 6 inches long, usually about 5 inches long with sharp but small prickles on the scales. It prefers moist, slightly acid, well-drained soils. It grows fast of about 2 or some more feet per year. It lives about 100 to 200 years. I think it is a great pine species, and it is similar to the Longleaf & Loblolly Pines also of the South.

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