Slash Pine

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Slash Pine

Pinus elliottii

  • Common Name: Slash Pine
  • Scientific Name: Pinus elliottii
  • Family Name: Pinaceae
  • Origin: native to Florida, Gulf and Atlantic coastal states from northeastern Louisiana to the southern region of South Carolina
  • Height: 75’ – 100’
  • Width: 35’ – 50’
  • Growth: Fast
  • Zone: 7A - 11
  • Light Needs: Full sun – Partial shade
  • Salt Tolerance:  high
  • Soil/PH/Texture: not picky with soils, clay, sand, or loam, acidic - slightly alkaline
  • Soil Moisture: well drained to occasionally wet
  • Drought Tolerance: high
  • Pests/Diseases: sensitive to pests and diseases; fusiform rust, Pitch canker, Bark beetles and wood borers, Sawflies, Pine needle miner larvae, Pine needle scale, Pine spittle bug, and Spruce mites.
  • Growing Conditions: easy to grow and low maintenance, little pruning required if any.
  • Characteristics: leaves are arranged alternately, are simple, margins are entire, needle-like shape, 6” – 12” in length, dark green, with parallel venation. Flowers are not showy and yellow in color, Fruit is oval, elongated and cone shaped, 2” – 6” in length, brown and attract squirrels and mammals
  • Propagation:
  • Wildlife: attracts squirrels and mammals, it provides a habitat for both wild turkeys and white-tailed deer, gray foxes and fox squirrels like to cut open cones to eat the pine seeds.
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  • Designer Considerations: use as a shade tree, screen, reclamation, or on a highway median.