Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 40 to 60 feet usually, to 100 feet; even to 150 feet rarely
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flower Color: Brown
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Useful for timber production
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Other info: seeds germinate without treatment
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 14, 2017 5:22 PM

Loblolly Pine is the most common of the tall, stately pines of the South in the US. It is native from just about 5 miles south of Wilmington, Delaware down the Atlantic coast and some piedmont to central Florida, covering all of Georgia, Alabama, & Mississippi and a little beyond, some of Louisiana, then to east Texas. Its long needles of 6 to 9 inches long are slender and sort of stiff, but soft to touch, and are arranged in bundles of 3. The conical cones are abundant and large to 6 inches long with large, sharp prickles on each scale. Mature bark is reddish brown and in scaly plates. It grows up to 90 to 100 feet with a trunk diameter of 2 to 3 feet across. It is fast growing of at least 2 feet/year. Maybe because it is such an abundantly common tree all over the place in most of Delaware, I have not found any nurseries growing it for landscapes there. It is a good landscape tree. It is also a major timber tree and it is the largest provider of pine straw for mulch in the South. Redbud Nursery in southeast Pennsylvania has sold some, and they do alright there as long as the soil is acid, though I don't know the exact highest point between 6.5 to 7.0 to where it can grow well. This species can grow in draining wet soils along creeks and ponds and lakes besides being in dry uplands. One of my favourite trees.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 17, 2013 5:09 PM

Arkansas' state tree.

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