Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Pinus taeda

Needles are fascicled, in groups of 3 sometimes 4, about 7 inches long, evergreen, and flexible. Twigs are red-brown and scaly with red-brown buds. Bark is brown, dark and rough on young trees and red-brown and plated on larger trees. Cones are about 5 inches long, brown-gray and armed with a sharp prickle. Form is up to 30 m (100 ft) tall and 1 m (3 ft) in diameter. Loblolly pine is found on a variety of sites in the southern U.S. and is shade intolerant. The commercially important wood is used for pulpwood, plywood and construction lumber.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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