loblolly pine Pinaceae Pinus
taeda L. symbol: PITA
|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.
Looks like: pitch pine
- pond pine
- slash pine
- shortleaf pine
| Additional Range Information:
Pinus taeda is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting loblolly pine.
| External Links:
Silvics of North America
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson