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Loblolly Pine

Loblolly Pine

Posted by Tammy Sons on Oct 16 , 2020

Loblolly Pine Tree Seedlings

The Loblolly pine is a tall, attractive tree native to the southeastern United States. Its easy transplanting, ability to tolerate a variety of growing conditions, and rapid growth make it a prime choice for landscaping and forestation.
Because loblolly pine trees seedlings transplant so easily, you can enjoy the knowledge that your young trees are likely to do fine when moved to their permanent homes. There, they will quickly 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.


Loblolly pine tree seedlings can handle a variety of growing conditions. While they prefer acidic soils, they can handle 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 moderate 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 in 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 tree seedlings make good shade trees. Once the lower branches have dropped off, there’s plenty of room for picnicking, games, and other activities in the shade of the tree.
Loblolly pines are also good 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 good 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.