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.

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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!

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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.

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I enjoy walking through the woods, surrounded by these gentle giants.


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About Carol Page-Potter

I am a woman in the midst of reconnecting with life after the death of my husband.

Posted on January 25, 2013, in Portraits of Trees and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Christopher McDaniel

    There used to be large stands of these in east Texas but most have been cut for timber many years ago. The floor of my house is made of this hardy wood and is 150 years old… still solid.

    • In my research I read that they are valued for lumbar, and are now grown specifically for that purpose. Many large groves were cleared in this area too, what a shame.

    • There still are thousands of acres of loblolly pine in East Texas and thoughout the South. It is the second most common tree in the United States behind the maple. Yes, the virgin Southern Yellow Pine forests were cut for timber, but they are replanted. You probably just don’t recognize them as much because the new trees rarely at allowed to grow more than 30 years, so you don’t see giant ones like you used to.

      Disclosure: B.S. in Forest Management from Texas A&M University.

  2. That boardwalk looks so inviting. Thanks.

  3. I really like the boardwalk shot too, was that at Blackwater? I believe this area is also the northern most place to spot cypress too.

  4. Been here, seen these! And, they are magnificent.

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