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Pine, Loblolly Pinus taeda

Loblolly Pine - Pinus taeda
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One of the fastest growing southern pines, this tree is used as a quick-screen in many landscapes. This North American native has dark green needles and narrow, red-brown, often-paired cones that are three to six inches long. Grows in a wide variety of soils and is drought tolerant. 60'-100' height with 25-35' spread. (Zones 6-9)

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Zones 6 - 9 Zones 6 - 9
Hardiness Zones 6 - 9
The Loblolly Pine can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Evergreen Evergreen
Type of tree
Evergreens
60' - 90' High 60' - 90' High
Mature Height
The Loblolly Pine grows to be 60' - 90' feet in height.
25' - 35' Spread 25' - 35' Spread
Mature Spread
The Loblolly Pine has a spread of about 25' - 35' at full maturity.
Fast Growth Fast Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a fast growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This pine does well in full sun.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Loblolly Pine grows in acidic, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained, clay soils.
Oval Shape Oval Shape
Shape
This pine has oval shape.
Attributes

The Loblolly Pine tree is one of the fastest growing evergreen trees with a long life that makes an excellent wind screen. It loses its lower branches with age so it can also be used as a shade tree. The Loblolly Pine tree is very easy to transplant and adapts well to moist soil conditions such as those found near rivers and streams.

Description

One of the fastest growing southern pines, this tree is used as a quick-screen in many landscapes. This North American native has dark green needles and narrow, red-brown, often-paired cones that are three to six inches long. Grows in a wide variety of soils and is drought tolerant. 60'-100' height with 25-35' spread. (Zones 6-9)

Wildlife Value

Loblolly pines provide shelter and food for many southeastern animals, including birds such as Carolina chickadees, brown-headed nuthatches, rufous-sided towhees, northern bobwhites and wild turkeys. The seeds are also consumed by chipmunks, squirrels and other small rodents.

History/Lore/Use

The Loblolly is native to the east coast of North America from New Jersey to Florida and Texas. As such, it has a long history with the pioneers and is known by several other names, among them Rosemary, Old Field, Bull, Indian and Longstraw. In the South, the name Loblolly means a depression, and as the tree was originally observed growing in river bottoms, that is where it acquired its principal name. It has a tendency to take over abandoned areas, thus the name Old-Field; it is extremely aromatic, which is where "Rosemary" came from; and it is blessed with extremely large trunks, suggesting the name "Bull." It was once an important lumber tree due to its abundance.

Moisture

Normal moisture required; some flooding with moderate drought tolerance.

Leaves

The leaves of this tree spiral; three needles, 6 to 9 inches long.

Flower Color

Yellow; nondescript.

Bloom Time

April-May

Fruit Description

The fruit is oval; 3 to 6 inches long; dry; brown; attracts mammals.