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Historic Tree with Exceptional Attributes

Longleaf Pine, Pinus palustris, is an evergreen conifer. Plant one in your back or side yard for an exceptional landscape tree, and enjoy watching this heritage-rich tree thrive.

Your Longleaf Pine is truly an amazing pine variety. Seedlings appear as if only tufts of grass for quite some time while the tree develops an extensive root system. When the time is right, Longleaf makes its move—shooting up as much as five feet in the first year of its upward growth.

Its cones and needles are larger than other pines, with needles 12-18 inches long (thus its name “Longleaf”), and cones 7-10 inches. Needles appear in bundles of three in adorable tufts at the tips of the branches.

The straight trunk is covered in a scaly bark that is brown with warm, orange overtones. New growth buds appear in silver/white-hued tones and are particularly attractive in the winter landscape—another decorative asset.

Under optimal conditions, Longleaf Pine can grow up to 100 feet tall with a 3-foot diameter trunk. It’s a low-maintenance tree overall and even self-pruning, with branches growing straight and true. Longleaf Pine has a slow growth rate overall, but can live more than 300 years!

Immune to decay and termites, it was extensively used in construction, its pitch used for tar and the gum extracted for turpentine. Longleaf Pine is a friend to nature as well--most notably, the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker uses this tree for nesting cavities.

Long beloved for its stately beauty and variety of uses, Longleaf Pines once dominated southern regions. The majesty of these trees was unparalleled. However, overexploitation has diminished the number of the Longleaf but spurred restoration initiatives to encourage an increase in their numbers. By planting a Longleaf Pine this year, you will be a part of the solution!

* Tall and stately
* Adaptive to a variety of habitats
* Wildlife interest
* Long-lived
* Variety of uses
* Self-pruning
* Fire resistant


Longleaf Pine Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-9
Growing Zones 7-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Pinus palustris
Foliage Green
Mature Height 80 - 100 feet
Mature Spread 30 - 40 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Moisture Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Reddish Purple
Fall Color Evergreen