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Pinus serotina (Pond pine)
Stuart, Will

Pinus serotina

Pinus serotina Michx.

Pond Pine, Pocosin Pine, Marsh Pine

Pinaceae (Pine Family)

Synonym(s): Pinus rigida ssp. serotina

USDA Symbol: PISE

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Yellow brown

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May

Distribution

USA: 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 Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Loam, Sand

Benefit

Attracts: Birds

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FACW OBL OBL
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Additional resources

USDA: Find Pinus serotina in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pinus serotina in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pinus serotina

Metadata

Record Modified: 2015-10-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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