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Loblolly pine, Pinus taeda

Loblolly Pine

Common Name: Loblolly pine, Arkansas pine, North Carolina pine or odd field pine

Type: conifer

Family: Pinaceae

Zone: 6 to 9     Find Your Zone

Height: 60 to 90 feet

Width: 25 to 35 feet

Sun exposure: full sun

Soil: well drained, acidic, clay to sandy loam

Leaves: evergreen


This tree is grows in flat, sandy to rocky soils of the coastal planes from New Jersey, south to Florida and west to Texas. Its needles grow 6 to 7 inches long and come in clusters of 3 and pine cones are 3 to 6 inches long. Loblolly, being a much faster grower than the Longleaf Pine, has been used in forestry to replace the many acres of Longleaf pines that have been forested over the last century. Loblolly can grow in wet or dry soils better than many other pines.


Pine trees root systems consist of a tap root unlike hardwood trees that typically have a fibrous (shallow and wide) root system. This is why pine trees snap in wind storms and oaks uproot in wind storms.

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STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.
  • When planting trees, a tree stake kit may be required to prevent the wind from blowing over or breaking our newly planted tree until it becomes established.

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Posted 2015-10-11T16:52:31+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL