- BOTANICAL NAME: Pinus palustris
- PRONUNCIATION: PI-nus pa-LUS-tris.
- COMMON NAME: Longleaf Pine
- FAMILY: Pinaceae
- NATIVITY: Virginia, south to Florida, in the coastal plain.
- GROWTH HABIT: Unique growth habit as plant spends the first 5 - 7 years in a rosette or "grass" stage. Fast growing lose pyramidal to irregularly rounded tree at maturity.
- SIZE: 40 - 60' in cultivation, to 90' in the wild.
- HARDINESS: Zone 7 - 9.
- CULTURE: Full sun and well drained soils. Tolerates hot, dry environments.
- LANDSCAPE USE: Unusual specimen because of the extremely long needles. Good for coastal conditions.
- FOLIAGE: Needles in fascicles of three, 10 - 16" long! Needles are soft and flexible. Leaves often appear in tufts on the ends of branches.
- BUDS: Cylindrical 1 1/2 - 2" long. Scales silver-white in color and fringed.
- BARK: Reddish brown and deeply furrowed.
- FRUIT: Cone 6 - 8" long, 2" wide.
- PROPAGATION: Seed.
- PESTS: None serious.
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This information is made available through a joint effort of the Departments of Food and Resource Economics and Plant and Soil Sciences College of Agricultural Sciences
University of Delaware.