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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
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
Needled
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
Monoecious
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
male (pollen) cones

Photo gallery:
Location: Pinus taeda 'Little Albert' specimen in the J. C. Raulston Arboretum (North Carolina State University).Date: 2011-10-05
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Location: At the Oklahoma City National Memorial [the Murrah Memorial]Date: 10-19-2019Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) in Oklahoma City 001
By jathton
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Location: Talleyville in far northern DelawareDate: 2020-11-05a fallen branch tip and a cone
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Location: Talleyville in far northern DelawareDate: 2020-11-05looking up trunk
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Location: Talleyville in far northern DelawareDate: 2020-11-05tree tops (of maybe the most northern colony in US)
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Location: Carousel Park in northern DelawareDate: 2016-12-02mature tree on the pond's edge
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Location: Rehoboth Beach, DelawareDate: 2012-12-23two (female) cones
By ILPARW
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Location: At the Oklahoma City National Memorial [the Murrah Memorial]Date: 10-19-2019Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) in Oklahoma City 003
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Location: Talleyville in far northern DelawareDate: 2020-11-05a small grove on hill between parking lots
By ILPARW
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Location: Lewis, DelawareDate: 2011-09-25maturing group in a DE state park
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: August 3, 2009
By dave
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Location: I-45 Texas  rest stop near LeonaDate: 2017-11-24on a nature trail  provided by the state of Texas
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Location: Williamsburg, VirginiaDate: 2013-03-04a group of wild trees
By ILPARW
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Location: Rehoboth Beach, DelawareDate: 2011-10-30looking up a large trunk
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Location: At the Oklahoma City National Memorial [the Murrah Memorial]Date: 10-19-2019Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) in Oklahoma City 002
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Location: I 45 rest area, TexasDate: 2014-05-20
By jmorth
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Location: Hiker and loblolly pines (Pinus taeda) on Congaree National Park Weston Lake Loop trailDate: 2012-01-10Photo courtesy of: Miguel Vieira
By admin
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Location: I-45 Texas  rest stop near LeonaDate: 2017-11-24
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Location: Rehoboth Beach, DelawareDate: 2010-09-08full-grown trees in yard
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Location: Rehoboth Beach, DelawareDate: 2007-01-02the foliage
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Location: Carousel Park in northern DelawareDate: 2016-12-02a lone tree
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Location: Carousel Park in northern DelawareDate: 2016-12-02looking up a large trunk
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Comments:
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, that includes the Longleaf & Slash Pines that are very similar species. It is native from all of Delaware down the Atlantic coast and some piedmont to central Florida, covering all of Georgia, Alabama, & Mississippi and a little west into Arkansas & 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. Loblolly usually grows about 40 to 60 feet high, but can grow 90 to 100 feet high 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 in central & southern Delaware, with some colonies scattered in all of northern DE, I have not found any nurseries growing it for landscapes there. It is a good landscape tree. Loblolly also a major timber tree in the South, often grown in plantations, 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 pH of 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 favorite 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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