Virginia Pine Tree - Pinus virginiana
Virginia Pines are not limited to Virginia. These hardy trees can survive poor soil conditions from New York to Alabama. Extremely cold winters, sandy soils and very little nutrients will not stop these trees from growing. It will, however, stunt their growth. The favored soil of Virginia Pines is loam or clay soil. These soils will produce trees that can reach up to 75 feet in height.
In the first year, seedlings that have well-drained, loamy soil can grow from 4-8 inches. By age 50, mature trees can be anywhere from 50-75 feet tall. These trees have an expected lifespan of 65-90 years. The quick growth rate, ease of reforestation, and hardening of the cut wood during the drying process make this a useful tree for lumber.
Virginia Pines are very popular in the southern states for use as Christmas trees. These trees can be ready for harvest in as few as three years with optimal growing and pruning conditions. Five years is usually preferred so the trees will be thick with short, paired needles on long spreading limbs.
Since these hardy trees are pest-resistant and tolerate poor soil conditions, they are favored by landscapers for bonsai use, median barriers, and seaside homes. These trees are often used to reforest barren areas where fire or mining has destroyed the landscape. Set at the perimeters of a yard and regularly pruned, these pines will grow thick and large, making a beautiful natural boundary.
The wood of a Virginia Pine will soften as the tree ages. Bird-lovers allow older trees to remain on their property so they will attract woodpeckers. Some people also use stands of the trees to create a natural privacy fence around their home or property.
Virginia Pines are shipped as bare root plants to customers