- BOTANICAL NAME: Pinus taeda
- PRONUMCIATION: PI-nus TA-da
- COMMON NAME: Loblolly Pine
- FAMILY: Pinaceae
- NATIVITY: New Jersey south to Florida and West to Oklahoma and Texas. Occurs in piedmont and to a lesser extent in the coastal plain.
- GROWTH HABIT: Pyramidal in youth, developing a high, thin canopy with age.
- SIZE: 40 - 50' in cultivation, to 90" in the wild.
- HARDINESS: Zone 6 - 9.
- CULTURE: Full sun with moist soils. Will grow in sandy soils but prefers moist even poorly drained soils. Tolerant of hot climates.
- LANDSCAPE USE: Fast growing pine for southern gardens. Makes an excellent canopy that provides a light shade for understory plantings.
- FOLIAGE: Needles in fascicles of three (occasionally two); 6 - 10" long. Needles stiff and often twisted.
- BUDS: 1/4 - 1/2" long, reddish brown. Scales fringed and reflexed at tips.
- BARK: Scaly and gray with deep fissures.
- FRUIT: Cone 3 - 6" long, approximately 2" wide. Back of scale
armed with pronounced prickle.
- 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.