Pitch Pine, pinus rigida

Pitch Pine, pinus rigida
Item# DA-pitchpine
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Product Description

Inventory as of Feb. 1, 2018: 00 Seeds

Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - 77%; Where Harvested (location) - New Jersey

The Pitch pine also is known as hard pine, black pine or yellow pine. Pitch Pine trees will grow in dry, rocky soil of otherwise barren land, they often are used for reforestation where few other trees will grow. The tree usually grows 50 to 60 feet tall, with trunk diameters of 1 to 2 feet. It can be found scattered or in small groups with hardwoods or other pines. Pitch pine needles are 3 to 6 inches long, rigid, dark yellow-green and are marked on three faces by numerous fine white lines (stomata). Needles are in three-leaf clusters. Cones are 1 1/4 to 2 3/4 inches long, have scales tipped with curved, rigid spines and remain on the tree for several years. The branches often are thick, contorted and pendulous, giving the tree an irregular, ragged yet picturesque crown. The bark is broken into thick, plate-like scales that are yellowish-brown on older trees. Tufts of needles often are found along the trunk. Wood from this tree is too poor in quality for use in construction or furniture, although it sometimes is used for rough lumber. Its main use is for fuel and making charcoal. Grows in USDA zones 4-7.

Recommended Planting instructions:

Scarification: Soak in water for 48 hours, change water each day. Stratification: Cold stratify for 30 days, seeds may germinate in stratification. Germination: Sow seed 1/8" deep, press seed into soil, cover seed, keep moist. Other: Fall sowing in mulched seedbeds is preferred to artificial stratification and spring sowing.