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Pitch Pine

This plant cannot be shipped to  MT, HI

 

Pitch Pine

 

The Pitch Pine is a hardy, medium-sized evergreen tree that can flourish in conditions not suitable for other species, such as sandy and acidic soils. It can also withstand soils with low nutrients and swampy lowlands. Native to eastern North America, the pitch pine grows from coastal Maine south to Georgia and west to Kentucky. Cold hardy to zones 4-9, pitch pines are low maintenance trees. They prefer light, sandy soil that’s well-drained and full sun. They are salt-tolerant and don’t require much care after the initial planting. With twisted branches and beautiful, slightly curved green needles, the pitch pine makes an attractive addition to areas of the landscape where other trees and plants won’t grow. The trunk is usually slightly curved and covered in large, thick bark plates. It produces oval cones with prickly scales. A popular species for bonsai, the pitch pine has an amazing regenerative ability. It will regrow from the trunk if it’s cut or damaged, resulting in new twisting branches. The tree is also resistant to fire because of its thick protective bark. Another benefit of the pitch pine is its rapid growth. When the tree is young, it can grow around one foot each year. Some species can begin producing cones in as little as three years. Growth slows down when the tree reaches around 50 – 60 years old, halting almost completely at around 90 years. A pitch pine tree can live up to 200 years in optimal conditions. Pitch pine serves as both food and a habitat for wildlife. Many different types of birds use them for nesting including wild turkeys, woodpeckers, blue jays, chickadees, and various species of warblers. Birds and many small mammals such as squirrels consume their seeds, and deer eat both seeds and sprouts. Planting pitch pines is a great way to attract wildlife to your property and cover areas of the landscape where it’s difficult to grow other plants and trees.It is also commonly called the Garside Tree. These trees are evergreens and are native to North America. These trees are the most common pine tree found in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, which is famous for the Jersey Devil legend. These trees are known to be very strong and sturdy, but they are also known for the irregular shape that they grow in. The needles are a light green to dark green. They are very tolerant of drought, freezing temperatures, wildfires and repeat cuttings. They do well in rocky, sandy soil. They do produce a cone which will attract a variety of wildlife.