As some of you may know, many of my farm posts this year are meant to highlight the many species of native (and non-native) plants on the farm. I try to cover even the most common species in these posts. Today I noticed some of the pine trees on the property. Our county contains native populations of at least three pine species – shortleaf, loblolly, and Virginia pine. Most of our largest pine trees are shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata). The photo of tree bark is from one of our shortleaf pines on the slope above the Flat River.
On the floodplain of the river, we can find a few saplings of loblolly pine (Pinus taeda). I believe we may have Virginia pine (Pinus virginiana) in one of the fields, but I’ll have to confirm that some other day.