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( Loblolly Pine )
|Pinus taeda is a large, evergreen conifer which can reach 90 feet tall, more commonly under cultivation it ranges from 40 to 50 feet tall. One of the fastest growing southern pines. Growth habit is loosely pyramidal in young trees, as it matures it loses the lower branches, forming an open rounded crown. Needles are in threes, occasionally paired, usually dark green, though may discolor in cold climates. Female cones are rust-brown, in groups of 2 to 5, 3 to 6 inches long, with a sharp spine. Fairly adaptable pine, prefers poor drainage with moisture, acid soil. Can be subject to fusiform rust, pine beetle and heart rot. Good for forming a quick screening. Commercially important timber species. Native from New Jersey to Florida, into Oklahoma.
Pines are one of the most diverse groups of evergreen conifers, over 90 species are distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Although most are large trees, they can take a low growing shrub form. Pines have been very important commercially, in timber production, as well as a variety of other manufactured products such as turpentine, and rosin. They tend to be more tolerant of varying soil types and urban environments than either Picea or Abies. Pines tend to develop tap roots, so one should not attempt to transplant them from the wild. All species are grown from seed, with highly variable seed stratification requirements. They can be subject to many diseases, such as damping off, root rot, dieback, blister rust, canker, blight, scale, pine needle miner, pine weevil, bark beetles and pinewood nematode. Well situated plants should be relatively trouble free.
They suffer salt damage along highways, and can get tip burn in areas of high sulfur dioxide or ozone.
Important Info : Large tree, can grow to 90 feet.
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