Loblolly pine is among the most stately native pines of the U.S., where it is native from New Jersey through the Southeast to Texas on acidic but well-drained soils. There it is a plantation tree, grown in high density for timber. This pine grows well outside its native range but not in northerly regions where it is not sufficiently hardy.
Loblolly pine produces very long-lived needles in groups of three and sometimes two. The tree is cone-shaped while young but grows more rounded with age and loses its lower branches for a fully-exposed trunk. Pollen candles rise in spring to fertilize female parts that mature into beautiful, large brown cones that are decorative on the tree and in holiday decorations. Loblolly pine is known for its very fast growth, which lends itself to screening and windbreaks. It is an excellent choice for rapid reforestation of open space or large properties. Planting in a residential garden ensures an evergree conifer that that will mature without irrigation where summers are hot and humid. Elsewhere it may require supplemental watering in areas lacking summer rainfall. (info source: Learn2Grow.com)
Genus - Pinus
Species - Taeda
Common name - Loblolly Pine
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 6 - 9
Height - 60'-90' / 18 - 27 m
Spread - 20'-30' / 6 - 9 m
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Evergreen
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral
Soil type - Clay, laom, Sand, well drained
Water requirements - Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Landscape uses - Shade Trees, Street Trees
Germination rate - 90%
Leaf / Flower color - Green / --
|Germination||1. Place the seeds in a container with tepid water and soak them for 24 hours. Change the water and wait another 24 hours.|
2. Put the seeds in a small plastic bag and cover with damp sand. Place the bag holding the seeds in the refrigerator for one to two months to stratify the seeds, which is preserving seeds in layers of moisture-laden peat, soil or sand. Check the sand and water as needed to maintain moisture. Don't allow the seeds to get soaked.
3. Fill small pots with compost. Place one or two pine seeds on top of the compost in each pot, then cover the seeds with a thin layer of sand.
4. Water the sand and compost to add moisture, then place the pots in a warm, sunny location. As the seedlings emerge and grow, the soil needs to remain moist, not wet.
5. Repot the pine trees into medium-sized pots in the fall. Grow them in the pots for the following season until they are large and strong enough for transplanting into the landscape.