Pinus serotina Michx.
Pond Pine, Pocosin Pine, Marsh Pine
Pinaceae (Pine Family)
Synonym(s): Pinus rigida ssp. serotina
USDA Symbol: PISE
Medium-sized tree with open, rounded or irregular crown of stout, often crooked branches.
Pocosin is an Indian name for pond or bog, alluding to this species' habitat. The specific epithet, serotina, meaning "late," refers to the cones, which remain closed for years before opening, often following a fire. After fires or other damage, seedlings and trees will produce sprouts from roots.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Fascicled
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Fruit Type: Cone
Fruit: Yellow brown
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AL , DE , FL , GA , MD , NC , NJ , SC , VA
Native Distribution: S. New Jersey and Delaware south to central and NW. Florida, near sea level.
Native Habitat: Swamps, shallow bays, and ponds; often in nearly pure stands.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Loam, Sand
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Pinus serotina in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pinus serotina in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pinus serotina
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-10-21
Research By: TWC Staff