Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Pinus virginiana P. Mill.
Virginia pine, Jersey pine, Scrub pine
Pinaceae (Pine Family)
Virginia pine is a straggling, scrubby evergreen,
15-40 ft. tall, becoming flat-topped with age. Outstretched limbs spring irregularly from the reddish-brown trunk. Cones are sharp to the touch due to prickly-like appendages. Short-needled tree
with open, broad, irregular crown of long spreading branches; often a shrub.
Used principally for pulpwood and lumber, it is hardier than most pines and suitable for planting in poor dry sites. Common in old fields as a pioneer after grasses on hills of the Piedmont, growing rapidly and forming thickets. Later this pine is replaced by taller, more valuable hardwoods.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Shape:
Reddish brown Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr
AL , DE , GA , IN , KY , MD , MS , MO , NJ , NY , NC , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , WV , DC Native Distribution:
Long Island to PA & s. IN, s. to GA & n.e. MS Native Habitat:
Areas of poor, light soil in mountains and old fields USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(I)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Poor, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: The species is valuable as cover for dry, barren sites. It dislikes shallow, chalky soils and is not tolerant of over-topping by other trees.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Seeds are an important wildlife food.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for: