Loblolly Pine Trees

Loblolly Pine Trees

Posted by Tammy Sons on 14th Jan 2018

Loblolly Pine Tree Seedlings

The Loblolly pine is a tall, attractive tree native to the southeastern United States. It's easy transplanting, ability to tolerate a variety of growing conditions, and rapid growth makes it a prime choice for landscaping and forestation.

Because of loblolly pine trees seedlings transplant so quickly, you can enjoy the knowledge that your young trees are likely to do okay when moved to their permanent homes. There, they will soon grow into tall trees with an attractive oval shape. They can grow up to 100 feet tall, and their branches can spread up to 25-35 feet. The trees have a distinct and pleasant fragrance.

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Loblolly pines can handle a variety of growing conditions. While they prefer acidic soils, they can feel soil types ranging from sandy soils to clays. They tend to grow best in lowlands and swampy areas, but they can adapt to other places. Moderate moisture levels are best for them, but they can tolerate mild droughts and minor flooding. They do prefer full sun, which means they should get at least six hours of bright sunlight a day. They grow best in climate zones 6-9.

The rapid growth of loblolly pine trees seedlings makes the trees very useful for landscaping. They are often grown to make a screen of trees to provide privacy, shade, and shelter from the wind. However, their rapid growth does not mean these trees are very short-lived. They can live for more than 150 years.

Because their lower branches drop off when they are older, mature loblolly pines make excellent shade trees. Once the smaller branches have dropped off, there’s plenty of room for picnicking, games, and other activities in the shade of the tree.

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Loblolly pines are also suitable for forestation. Their rapid growth means the new forest will grow up soon. They are quick to take over areas without trees. In fact, they were once known as “old field” pines because they took over abandoned fields so quickly.

Loblolly pine trees are also useful for wildlife. By planting some, you can help the local wildlife populations and improve your chances of seeing birds and small animals in your yard. You may see mourning doves, nuthatches, towhees, bobwhites, chickadees and wild turkeys seeking shelter and food in your trees. Chipmunks and squirrels also like to eat the seeds.

Your loblolly pine trees seedlings will quickly grow into tall trees that provide shade, fragrance, and beauty, and wildlife sightings. Whether you want to grow a forest, a privacy screen, or some shade trees, loblolly pines are an excellent choice for trees that mature quickly into beautiful and beneficial landscape features.

The loblolly is more than a beautiful pine tree

The Pinus taeda, or as it is more commonly known, the loblolly pine tree, can be found growing along the eastern coast of the United States, from New Jersey to Florida and across to Texas.

Also known as the Arkansas Pine, North Carolina Pine, and Oldfield Pine, the loblolly is the principal commercially grown southern pine tree and features an open, rounded crown. You can also quickly recognize a loblolly by its massive trunk, reddish-brown bark, and its needles, which are pale green. Most commonly found in lowlands or swampy areas, the loblolly tree thrives in the full sun and in the acidic clay soil that is common to the southern United States. It is a relatively rapid grower and can add 24 inches to its height each year. With lumber that is both yellowish and resinous, the loblolly can also be found growing commercially on large tree farms throughout the south.

Lumber from the loblolly is most commonly used for roof trusses, joists, subflooring, and sheathing.

Incredibly aromatic with a large trunk, a fully grown loblolly can reach from 98 to 115 feet in height and a circumference of 1.3 to 4.9 feet, making it the largest of the southern pine trees. Its needles come in groups of three, are sometimes twisted and can grow from 4.7 to 8.7 inches in length.

The loblolly's seed cones are green and change to a pale brown when they are mature.

The needles of the loblolly pine tree are what make it an evergreen. They usually stay attached and don't fall until the autumn or winter of their second year.

The loblolly is most often susceptible to damage caused by fusiform and heart rot. However, the bark of the loblolly is thick, which helps to protect the tree against damage caused by wildfires.

Other benefits of the loblolly pine include:

1)Transplanting is a breeze. The loblolly pine is strong moves quickly from location to location.

2)It also adapts readily to wet soil conditions, so you don't have to worry about over-watering or an abundance of rain.

3)Can be used as a quick screen virtually anywhere in your landscape.

4) As the tree ages, it begins to lose its lower branches, making it a great shade provider.

The loblolly pine also provides both a habitat and food for an abundance of wildlife in the southeastern United States, including the Carolina chickadee, nuthatches, squirrels and other small rodents.

The loblolly is also the first species of the pinus to have its entire genome mapped. With more than 20 billion base pairs, its genome sequence is seven times larger than that of man.