Pinus palustris (LONGLEAF PINE)

GreenpineconeMay2013

These evergreen, hurricane resistant trees reach a massive height of up to 120 ft.

LongleafPineFullJan2013Wildlife interaction: 68 species of bird utilize this species and it provides habitat and food for mammals. http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/tree/pinpal/all.html

The enormous cones make great christmas decorations or the base for a natural bird feeder.  This tree goes through several years in a grass stage and then a few years in a “bottlebrush” stage.

Grass stage

Grass stage

Learn more:  http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/pinus-palustris

bottlebrush stage

bottlebrush stage

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