Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda)
Category: Evergreen Trees
Loblolly pine, commonly referred to as Pinus Taeda by biologists forms part of the native trees to the south eastern states in the US. Its origin is believed from central Texas east to Florida and southern New Jersey and north to Delaware.
It is the second most common tree in the US after red marple according to a survey that was conducted by the U.S forestry service. Also, it is the most commercially important tree in the south eastern states.
Loblolly pine can grow and even reach a height of between 98 and 115 ft and a diameter of between 1.3 and 4.9 ft. However, some specimens grow taller and reach a height of 160 ft high. Its needles occur in bundles of three and some are even twisted and measure about 4.7 and 8.7 inches long. The needles have a lifespan of about two years and that’s when they fall off giving them the evergreen nature. On the other hand, it has green seed cones which measure between 2.8-5.7 inches in length and between 1.6-2.4 inches in breadth when open. Loblolly spreads up to about 30’-35’ when full matured. When it comes to shape it has an oval from when it's young till maturity.
This tree species is one of the fastest evergreen trees and that’s why it makes a perfect windscreen. Its branches lower themselves as the tree grows old and this makes them a good source of shade. It is also very easy to transplant especially in moist conditions.
This tree has been used as a source of timber since time memorial. It provides commercial quality timbers and this is majorly done in the south eastern states.
Loblolly pine is an indigenous tree whose origin is traced from the south eastern states. It is easily noticeable because of its natural characteristics that are different from all the other pine species.