Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

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

VIRGINIA PINE
Pinus virginiana
Pinaceae

Needles are fascicled, in groups of 2, about 2 inches long, twisted, evergreen, and stout. Twigs are brown-gray with red-brown buds. Bark is orange-brown and scaly. Cones are about 2 inches long, gray-brown and armed. Form is usually up to 23 m (75 ft) in height. Virginia pine is found on a variety of sites in the eastern U.S. and as far south as northern Alabama and is shade intolerant. The wood is used for pulpwood, construction lumber, and fuel. This tree is planted in Christmas tree plantations and used for privacy screens.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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