Virginia Pine, Scrub Pine, Jersey Pine, Spruce Pine, Poverty Pine
New York, south to Alabama. In the piedmont and coastal plain of the Eastern US.
Small to medium sized, irregular tree.
Tolerates poor, dry soils unlike most pines. Does well in sandy soils as well as clay.
A plant for tough situations, typically used in groups. Makes an interesting small specimen if you do not object to the typical yellow foliage.
Needles in fascicles of two, 1.5 to 3 inches long and typically twisted. Needles typically yellowish green in color.
Buds are ovoid, approximately .5 inches long.
Reddish-brown in color.
Monoecious; staminate orange-brown, pistillate pale green.
Cone 1.5 to 3 inches long by 1 to 1.5 inches wide. A sharp hooked barb present on the back of each cone scale.
'Wate's Golden' - Golden needles in winter, green in summer, start to change to yellow-gold in October-November; effective in cold-weather landscape.