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Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda)

Loblolly Pine Pollen Cones Several large specimens of Loblolly Pine are found near the Arboretums Program Shelter, and research plantings that were established in 2003 can be seen along Arboretum Drive. The needles of Loblolly Pine are typically borne in fasicles (bundles) of 3 (sometimes 4) the yellow-green needles are longer (6-9 in.) than those of Virginia Pine and Shortleaf Pine. The elongate, cylindrical seed cones (6-9 in. long) mature in 2 years and do not persist on the trees as do those of Virginia Pine. Pollen cones appear in April and produce large amounts of pollen. The bark on older trees is dark gray-brown and deeply furrowed.

Loblolly Pine Cones The native range of Loblolly Pine extends from southern New Jersey, south along the Coastal Plain and Piedmont regions to Florida, and west to eastern Texas. In Tennessee its native range extended only into the southern edge of the state, but it has been widely planted and is commonly seen along highways and in tree plantations in our region. It is an important pulpwood and timber tree throughout much of the Southeast.

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