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Pinus virginiana

Pinus virginiana
Pinus virginiana
Pinus virginiana
Late summer in its second year in our garden – a bit of an odd-duck appearance, but it seems healthy

Synonym(s) Virginia pine
Family pinaceae
Life cycle tree (Z7-10)
Size to 70'

Evergreen conifer native to the southern range of the Appalachians and adjacent areas. It is popular as a Christmas tree. The medium-green needles are 1.5-3" long, reddish brown cones are 1.5-2.5 inches long. If allowed to grow to its mature height of up to 70 feet, it develops a sparse, flat-topped habit. Ours, which we planted as a small specimen purchased as a Christmas decoration, is unlikely to get anywhere near that stature. After setting it in our left side garden, much of its lower growth turned brown; I wasn't sure the tree was going to survive, and in any case it didn't look very good. Luckily, the following spring it put out enough new growth to divert attention upward, away from the evidence of its poor start. Small cones appeared in late April.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: houston back yard

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