Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

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

Pinus serotina

Needles are similar to loblolly pine, fascicled, in groups of 3 or 4, up to 9 inches long, evergreen and flexible. Bark is red-brown and plated, often with tufts of needles sticking out of the bark. Cones are about 3 inches long, globular, weakly armed with deciduous prickles, and serotinous. Form is up to 21 m (70 ft) in height and 61 cm (2 ft) in diameter. Pond pine is found on wet sites such as flatwoods, and edges of swamps and bays in the southeastern Coastal Plain. The wood is used for pulpwood and construction lumber.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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