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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Pinus taeda

Loblolly Pine, Old Field Pine

Scientific Name:

Pinus taeda

Genus:

Pinus

Species Epithet:

taeda

Common Name:

Loblolly Pine, Old Field Pine

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Pinaceae (Pine Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

72-100 ft., More than 100 ft.

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

March, April

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Forests, fields, pine plantations, much more abundant and widespread than formerly.  This may be the most numerous tree in the state. It is abundant across all of the NC Coastal Plain and the eastern 40% of the Piedmont; less numerous in the central Piedmont.

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:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

It is very susceptible to breakage from ice and snow because of its straight branches. Best for natural areas.

~10-15 yr old tree

Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of branch. Needles of 3 per fascicle.

Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Young sapling in winter with somewhat unusual color-maybe nutrient stressed?

Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of pollen cones in early April

Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Mature seed cone. Notice the sharp prickles on the cone scales

Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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