Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February 23 - The Loblolly Pine Tree - Pinus taeda

The Loblolly Pine Tree
This Loblolly Pine Tree lives at the Asheville Botanical Gardens.

The Loblolly Pine Tree
You can identify this tree by it's needles.  There will be 3 to a bundle and they will be 6-9 inches long.  The needles will be stiff and dark green.  They will be more straight then twisted like some pine needles.  The pine cone will be about the 4-6 inches long.  These cones will have sharp prickles.

These pine trees can grow to be very tall - up to 100 feet;  they seem to take on that haunted look in the horizon when the sunsets behind them.


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