Pinus palustris

longleaf pine


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: To 120 ft    Width: 30-50 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color      brown
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses: Shade tree. Woodland tree.
Considerations: Huge pine cones litter the ground, so not a good tree for a lawn.
Propagation: Seed. Has a multi-year grass phase. Can be acquired from nurseries after grass phase has been completed.
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Specialty providers
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: Acidic


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Known for its use by squirrels, especially fox squirrels.
Native Habitats: Sandhill, mesic to dry flatwoods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Most natural longleaf pine forests were cut for timber.

Other Comments:

Highly tolerant of fire once established.