Pitch pine (Pinus rigida)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Very strongly acid (4.5 – 5.0)
Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 40 feet or more
Plant Spread: 20-40 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fragrant
Needled
Flower Color: Green
Other: pale yellow/pale green
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
branch sprouts on trunk

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Location: Nottingham Park in southeast PADate: 2008-02-25branch sprouts on trunk
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Location: Nottingham Park in southeast PADate: 2010-09-03mature trunk and bark
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Location: south New Jersey near ChathamDate: 2013-08-10wild tree group
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Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
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Location: Nottingham Park in southeast PADate: 2010-09-03some trees in the serpentine barrens
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Location: Nottingham Park in southeast PADate: 2010-09-03group of wild trees
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Location: Nottingham Park in southeast PADate: 2010-09-03looking up a Pitch Pine trunk
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Location: Nottingham Park in southeast PADate: 2010-09-03foliage
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Location: NottDate: 2010-09-03cones among foliage
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2010-03-01a planted tree in a landscape
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 3, 2017 7:01 PM

Pitch Pine is a hard pine having its needles in bundles of 3's that are stiff, though not real hard, and 3 to 5 inches long. It is common for some trees to have sprouts of needles on the trunk. Its oval cones are 2 to 3.5 inches long and each scale is tipped with a prickle. Its native range is from coastal Maine down along the coast into Maryland and in the Appalachians from western new England down to northern Georgia. It grows in acid, sandy, gravelly, and serpentine soils that are well-drained to dry. It grows fast in nature of about 2 to 3 feet/year and lives about 90 to 150 years. it forms a short taproot, but is easy to transplant if root pruned and moved in early spring. I did find one specimen planted in a side yard and a few specimens at Morris Arboretum in the Philadelphia area doing well in the good quality clay and slightly acid soil. It is a pretty conifer that can be a stately large pine or a medium-sized scrubby pine, depending. Otherwise, I've seen lots in the serpentine barrens at Nottingham Park in southeast PA, in the pine barrens of south New Jersey, and some in the Poconos Mountains of north PA.

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