Portrait of a Tree – the Loblolly Pine
This is perhaps my favorite tree name EVER. The species name is the Southern Yellow Pine, but I think “Loblolly” is way more fun! These trees are common here along the Eastern Shore of Maryland, growing in large stands in this rural area, and lending wonderful dark green color to an otherwise bleak winter landscape.
I’m fortunate to have a few of these magnificent specimens in my back yard. It is a favorite roosting spot for a great horned owl that I often hear at night, as well as turkey vultures and their slightly better looking cousins, the grey vulture. I’m hoping one of the bald eagles that call the island home will stop by!
Loblolly pines grow rapidly to their average height of 98 – 115 feet. The word Loblolly means “low, wet place”, which would explain why they are so prevalent here! This area is the northernmost region for this tree in North America.
I enjoy walking through the woods, surrounded by these gentle giants.