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- Latin Name- Pinus Taeda, Hardy Planting Zone- 6-9 Mature Height- 60-90 ft Width- 25-30' Sun or Shade- Prefers Full Sun
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Loblolly Pine Tree is also known as Pinus taeda
Loblolly Pine Tree is a huge evergreen tree that the tree keeps its foliage all year round. It can grow to the heights of 60-90’ and has a spread of 25-35’ at maturity. They are one of the fastest growing pines. Its height increases more than 24” per year. The loblolly pine tree can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones of 6-9 as they prefer acidic, moist, sandy, well-drained soils. While a reasonable amount of moisture is its preference, it can tolerate some flooding and moderate drought. It should get at least six hours of unfiltered sunlight each day.
Loblolly Pine Tree keeps its lower branches longer than the higher ones
Younger trees of the loblolly pine trees tend to retain their lower branches longer than older ones. The older they grow, the less small offices they have because they break off. This makes them extremely useful as shade trees. On the loblolly pine, the leaves that they produce are called needles. They are a dark green sometimes dark yellowish green between 6-10’ long, and borne in fascicles of 3 or 2. Their sheath is about 1-1.5 cm long. Loblolly pine trees are easily distinguishable because of its large, columnar trunk and attractive bark. The bark of this tree is a dark yellow-green and sometimes a grayish green.
Loblolly Pine Tree has yellowish-gray and reddish-brown bark
The needles are thick but flexible and can sometimes be twisted. The bark of younger loblolly pines is a yellowish-gray to a light reddish-brown. As the bark matures, it turns dark grayish-brown. They produce oval cones that are the 3-6 length and come in a brown color that can sometimes have a hint of red. The tree usually produces plenty of cones at any time of the year, and the cones typically fall soon after maturity. Loblolly pines provide shelter and food for many animals including chickadees, northern bobwhites, and wild turkeys. The seeds can also be consumed by smaller rodents as well as chipmunks and squirrels.