Slash pine is a fast growing child of the Southeast U.S. where it was once tapped for turpentine. It is native in flat woods and coastal plains from the Carolinas to Florida and west to Louisiana. The medium-length needles are borne in twos, sometimes threes. The cones are hand-sized, brown and shiny, and offer considerable wildlife value
This tall pine, on average home sites, may prove too large over time. It is best for parks, open spaces, woodlots, and for reforesting large properties. Slash pine is vulnerable to a number of pests and diseases, limiting its use in certain areas. It is not particularly long-lived and often used as first-phase trees for shade while longer-lived species such as oaks mature and then the pines are thinned out. (source: learn2gvrow.com)
Genus - Pinus
Species - Elliottii
Common name - Yellow Slash Pine
Germination rate - 88%
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 7 - 11
Height - 75'-100' / 23 - 30 m
Spread - 35'-50' / 10 - 15 m
Plant type - Tree
Vegetation type - Evergreen
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral
Soil type - Clay, laom, Sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average Water
Landscape uses - Shade Trees, Street Trees
Leaf / Flower color - Green / --
1. Place the seeds in a container with tepid water and soak them for 24 hours. Change the water and wait another 24 hours.
2. Put the seeds in a small plastic bag and cover with damp sand. Place the bag holding the seeds in the refrigerator for one month to stratify the seeds, which is preserving seeds in layers of moisture-laden peat, soil or sand. Check the sand and water as needed to maintain moisture. Don't allow the seeds to get soaked.
3. Fill small pots with compost. Place one or two pine seeds on top of the compost in each pot, then cover the seeds with a thin layer of sand.
4. Water the sand and compost to add moisture, then place the pots in a warm, sunny location. As the seedlings emerge and grow, the soil needs to remain moist, not wet.
5. Repot the pine trees into medium-sized pots in the fall. Grow them in the pots for the following season until they are large and strong enough for transplanting into the landscape.
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