Loblolly Pine: Importance & Use

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Taeda Pine

The loblolly pine(Pinus Taeda), sometimes known in French as the incense pine, is native to the south-eastern region of the United States. Pinus taeda is from the Pinaceae family and was introduced to Europe in 1713.

Why does EcoTree plant loblolly pines?

Loblolly pine is wind resistant: an advantage in global warming. Plus, its quality wood is highly valued in carpentry and interior joinery.

Taeda Pine - Overview

Taeda Pine - Overview

This species is called a loblolly pine, incense pine, or torch pine ("tadea" means "torch" in Latin and the Romans used the coniferous branches to make torches).
This evergreen incense pine can reach heights of 30-35m and grow to a diameter of 50-100cm. Some reach a height of 50m when mature. This pine is known for its straight trunk covered in thin bark and thin branches without significant whorls. The fine, soft needles are grouped in threes. This species is monoecious, so it bears both male and female pine cones. The male pine cones are cylindrical, clustered, yellow-brown, and 2-4cm long. The females are green at first, then turn yellow-brown and finally fully brown at maturity.
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Taeda Pine

Taeda Pine - Species requirements

Loblolly pine is a demanding, coniferous tree which, when planted in its preferred soil, has high growth potential. It has very good wind resistance. The loblolly pine prefers deep, acidic, well-drained soil with a good water supply. It is a full-light species that needs a rainfall of at least 800mm over the year. It is very sensitive to drought and does not tolerate dry soil, but can acclimatise in altitudes up to 440m.

Loblolly Pine Wood

The yellow-white matt-gloss heartwood of the loblolly pine is durable. The heartwood is reddish and the sapwood is thick. It is easy to saw and dries without warping or splitting. The loblolly pine is an excellent wood for carpentry and interior joinery. It is also used for panelling, pallets, and paper pulp. Loblolly pine wood is high-quality, light, and very flexible yet strong.

Loblolly Pine Symbolism

The loblolly pine symbolises immortality. Its persistent foliage and resin lend to its symbolism in many cultures. For an unforgettable birthday gift, give a loblolly pine and wish a long life to a loved one. Express your best wishes in a special way through a unique and original gift! Offer a birthday tree, offer a loblolly pine planted in the forest!