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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Pinus rigida

Pitch Pine, Hard Pine

Scientific Name:

Pinus rigida

Genus:

Pinus

Species Epithet:

rigida

Common Name:

Pitch Pine, Hard Pine

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Pinaceae (Pine Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

36-72 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Primarily on dry ridges, less commonly in peat soils of mountain bogs. Fairly common in the NC mountains, being somewhat less local or restricted than Table Mountain Pine (P. pungens), but often growing with it in both the mountains and upper Piedmont. It is uncommon and local in the western Piedmont, and very rare eastward to Guilford and Randolph counties.

Leaf Arrangement:

Fascicled (Pines)

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S4: Apparently secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

More or less requiring fire for its reproduction.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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