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 rigida
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Evergreen
Bloom: Non-flowering
Shape: Rounded crown
Bark: Dark brown with scaly plates
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 7
Size: 50 to 85 feet
Spread: 20 to 30 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Distributed primarily throughout the northeastern United States, dominating the New Jersey Pine Barrens and found anywhere from marshy lowlands to sandy uplands, the enduring Pitch Pine is a very resilient and popularly woodworked tree that boasts a lifespan of approximately 200 years. With a 4-7 hardiness zone rating, this specimen favors environments that allow for full sun. It is preferably planted in medium, well-drained soils.

The Pitch Pine typically sports a crooked trunk (sometimes sprouting multiple trunks, attesting to the tree’s extraordinary regenerative ability) and a rounded evergreen canopy, reaching up to an average height of 50-85 ft. with an approximate 20-30 ft. span. Binomially termed Pinus Rigida, the Pitch Pine belongs to the Pinaceae family. It is characterized by dark green needles which emerge in fascicles of three, and which are stout in length and often somewhat twisted. This nonflowering evergreen also produces ovoid-to-conical, light-brown cones every couple of years. The tree bark is dark and chocolate-brown, armor-plated with deep clefts.

Deemed picturesque due to its unusual growth structure and valued for its durable longevity, the Pitch Pine can serve as a charming landscape tree even beyond its forest habitat. This species is commendably fire-resistant and rot-resistant. As a result, its resinous lumber used to be in great demand for railroad ties, ship building, fences, and mine timbers. In fact, one of the Pitch Pine’s most prized and notorious properties is its ability to gamely sprout anew from its stem base after a fire or other such disturbance. Today, the Pitch Pine’s lumber is sought after for its usage in rough construction and crafting, as well as for pulp and fuel.

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