slash pine Pinaceae Pinus elliottii
Leaf:Evergreen needles, 7 to 10 inches long, flexible, with three (sometimes two) needles per fascicle, fascicle sheath is quite long and persistent; dark green in color.
Flower:Species is monoecious; males cylindrical, red to yellow, in clusters at ends of twigs; females red to green, stalked, oval.
Fruit:Cones are 3 to 6 inches long, ovoid, borne on a stalk, caramel colored; the umbo is armed with a small, out-curved spine; maturing in fall.
Twig:Quite stout, orange-brown in color.
Bark:Red-brown and furrowed when young, becoming very platy. The surfaces of the plates are covered with thin, loose scales that flake off, revealing a light brown to cinnamon color.
Form:A medium sized tree with a narrowly ovoid crown capable of reaching over 100 feet tall. Needles appear to be tufted at the ends of the branches.