names: loblolly pine, old field pine, short leaf pine.
Loblolly Pine apparently takes its odd common name from a local word
in North Carolina that means "pocket or depression"--a place
where natural stands of this species occur. However, the tree has
been widely planted throughout the Piedmont and Coastal Plain and
is a very important tree to the logging industry. This species also
colonizes or invades old farm fields after the farmers stop cultivating
them. The needles occur in bunches of 3.
with needles • Close-up
of needles • Close-up
of buds • Pollen
cones • Branchlet
with seed cone • Seed