Pinus palustrisPinus palustris

  • 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.
  • SUCCESSIONAL STATUS:  Climax
  • FACULTATIVE STATUS:  Facultative
  • 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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