Loblolly Pine | Congaree National Park (S.C.)

Pinus taeda

  • Large in height and diameter
  • Average diameter is 4 feet
  • Average circumference is 10 feet
  • Dull, light green needles 6 - 9 inches long
  • Three needles per cluster
  • Cylindrical prickly cones
  • Black trunk bark forms plates with dark orange tinge
  • Habitats include sandy soils, old fields and wet sites
  • Loblolly is an Indian word meaning mud puddle
  • Common in Coastal Plain and Piedmont
  • Important lumber tree
  • Does best on land just a little higher than floodplain
  • Subject to pine bark beetle infestation