loblolly pine Pinaceae Pinus taeda
Leaf:Evergreen needles, 6 to 9 inches long, with (usually) three yellow-green needles per fascicle.
Flower:Species is monoecious; males long cylindrical, red to yellow, in clusters at branch tips; females yellow to purple.
Fruit:Ovoid to cylindrical, 3 to 6 inch red-brown cones; umbo is armed with a short spine, maturing in early fall.
Twig:Orange-brown in color, fine to moderately stout; buds are narrowly ovoid, light reddish brown.
Bark:Initially red- to gray-brown and scaly; older trees are ridged and furrowed, with somewhat rounded scaly plates; very old trees have red-brown, flat scaly plates.
Form:A medium to large tree can reach well over 100 feet tall, self-prunes well and develops a fairly straight trunk and an oval, somewhat open crown.