Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda)
Loblolly pine is the most important timber tree in North Carolina. The North Carolina Forest Service's Premium Single Family Select Loblolly Pine is, genetically, our top of the line seedling product.
These seedlings are grown from seed collected from 1 of the top 5 families in our orchards. The families were selected because they have the greatest growth potential, straightness improvement, and fusiform rust resistance.
Potential height growth of Premium Single Family Select Loblolly Pine is estimated to increase from 3 - 5 percent and potential volume increases are estimated from 11 - 20 percent above our 2nd Generation Improved Loblolly Pine.
Though The NCFS's most expensive loblolly pine seedlings, Premium Single Family Select Loblolly Pine is the seedling of choice for the customer who wishes to maximize timber growth and realize the most return on their reforestation investment.
Loblolly may be called North Carolina pine, old field pine, fox-tail pine or southern pine. Its natural range extends from southern New Jersey to central Florida and west to eastern Texas. In North Carolina, it is found commonly throughout the Coastal Plain and Piedmont.
Generally, it is a medium to large size tree 90 to 110 feet tall and 2 to 4 feet in diameter. The bole is long and cylindrical with a rounded crown of spreading branches. It produces a short taproot and an extensive lateral root system.
Pure loblolly pine stands are widespread wherever moisture is plentiful. Although loblolly grows on a wide variety of soils, from the flat, poorly drained areas of the coastal plain to the old clay soils of the upper Piedmont, it grows best in soils with poor surface drainage, a deep topsoil and a firm subsoil.
Pure stands are common on abandoned farmland, but loblolly also grows in mixtures with various hardwoods and other pines throughout its range. Loblolly is among the fastest growing southern pines and it is widely planted by private landowners and forest industries for lumber, poles, and pulpwood.
The seeds are consumed by many wildlife species including turkey, squirrel, quail, songbirds, and small mammals. Older trees are also an important habitat for the red-cockaded woodpecker, an endangered species.
Price listed is for 1000 seedlings.