At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Pinaceae
Latin Name: Pinus palustris
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Evergreen
Bloom: Non-flowering
Shape: Rounded crown
Bark: Brown to Dark brown
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 10 to Zone 7
Size: 60 to 80 feet
Spread: 30 to 40 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Pinus Palustris belongs to the Pinaceae family. True to its more common name—Longleaf Pine—this evergreen conifer is indeed distinguished by extremely long needled leaves, which are clustered in bundles of three and grow up to 18 inches in length. A magnificent tree, the average mature Longleaf Pine rears its rounded crown up to 60-80 ft., spreading out to span 30-40 ft. With a 7-10 hardiness zone rating, this tree is native to the southeastern United States. Once plentiful in the upland forests ranging from Virginia to Texas, the Longleaf Pine is nowadays found in fragmented populations, covering less than 3% of its original range. Now considered an engendered species, the Longleaf Pine population has suffered severely from decades of intense logging and deforestation.

Best known for its bright green, supple, and elongated evergreen needles, this nonflowering tree is also characterized by its dark brown bark, immense taproot and deep lateral root system, and its golden-brown spiny cones. The cones emerge as seed buds as early as July, forming pine seed conelets by August. These are small, sharp, and cling to their branches for two years, attracting squirrels and other mammals.

Given optimal conditions, a Longleaf Pine can survive for over 500 years, reaching its mature height in a third of that timeframe. This tree thrives given full sun and medium, well-drained soils, though it can be cultivated in a variety of environments. Its rot-resistant resinous wood is of exceptional quality, used for pulp and lumber. Historically this wood was significantly expended for railroad construction and ship-building. Most recently, the restoration of the Longleaf Pine has become a significant priority, since it has been discovered that over 30 endangered wildlife species rely heavily on the Longleaf Pine for their source of food and refuge, making it an intrinsic part of their ecosystem. It has also been commemorated as the state tree of both North Carolina and Alabama.

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