Plant types and subtypes: Trees & Shrubs, Trees, Evergreens, Conifers
Light Requirements: sun
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: dry, moist
Soil Description: acid, average, poor, loam, sand
Bloom Time: January, December
Bloom Color: brown
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9
Additional Tags: drought tolerant, evergreen, fall interest, fragrant plant
Pricing & Availability
Pinus palustrisAlso known as:
southern yellow pine
Longleaf pine is a southern, evergreen conifer. It has an open form and can reach majestic heights in excess of 100'. Its bright green needles grow in clusters and are the longest of the southeastern pine's, growing up to 15" in length. It also produces large cones and seeds. The trees and their needle litter emit a lovely fragrance, particularly on a hot summer day.
Pinus palustris is native to the mid-Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains. It likes acidic, well drained, moist, sandy soils. It can grow in poor soil. Its extensive root system and tap root make it drought tolerant. Zones 7-9
Propagate from seed. Seedlings will go through a grass-like stage for up to 3 years, until they develop a strong root system and tap root. They will grow rapidly thereafter: 10' in 3 years.
Pinus palustris is an airy southern conifer. The pine needles make a fragrant and visually pleasing mulch (pine straw). The trees have been commercially tapped for turpentine gum. The lumber is straight, clear, and prized for construction and ship building. The seeds are a food source for a variety of birds and small mammals. This is a good species for the reforestation of sandy, nutrient depleted southern lands.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TX, VA
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