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Pinus rigida

Pitch Pine, Northern Pitch Pine

Pronunciation
PI-nus RIH-jih-dah
Family
Genus
Nativity

Found in the coastal regions throughout the north to the south.

Growth Habit

Open, irregular pyrmaid in youth, becoming gnarled and more irregular with age.

Hardiness
4
Culture

Acidic, sandy, well-drained soils and full sun.

Facultative Status
Facultative Upland
Landscape Use

Not highly ornamental but will tolerate poor soil, wind, and drought. Native to Eastern North America in sandy uplands.

Foliage

Yellowish green changing to dark green. Needles clumped in 3.

Buds

Buds are cylindrical or conical; sharply pointed, usually resinous.

Bark

Dark and flaky, turning to smoother browner plates

Flower

female light green tinted rose, males are yellow

Fruit

Cones are in whorls and light brown, remaining for 2 years on the tree. A noticable hook is on the back of the scales on the cone

Propagation

Seed.

Pests
Root rot, dieback, and stem blister rust.
Cultivars

'Sherman Eddy' ('Little Giant') - Compact 15 foot high tree with pom-pom tufts of foliate.

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