Loblolly Pine, Pinus taeda is a fast growing pine tree and is the most useful tree across the United Sates. It’s uses include products in the landscape, lumber, paper, and fuel producing industries. Loblolly pines are a very important resource for our country. Reaching heights of 60-80 feet in height and 40-50 feet wide this tree is also used in the landscape as well. Uses include using them as a shade source or screen and wind break by planting multiple trees together for quick results.
Growing 2-3′ feet a year Loblolly pines establish themselves in most soil indexes making very adaptable. Sandy soils, however the growth will be a bit slower, yet still the tree will be effective. Long, 6-10″ long dark green and fragrant needles absorb harmful pollutants in the air too!
In the South, the falling pine straw is used by landscapers as a creative and beautiful mulch, replacing other mulches that attract insects or are not attractive. Laid down twice a year Loblolly pine mulch is a multi-million dollar industry and provide many jobs across the region. The bark, a recycled by-product of pines, is used for our potting media to grow plants and trees for the industry. Loblolly pines produce beautiful cones which is a staple in the Home Decor business, from Christmas decorations to table arrangements almost every part of the tree is used.
Loblolly pines are a beneficial food source for animals and birds as well. Deer, squirrels, and birds depend on the pine tree to supply high-protien seeds to their diet. We humans also use pine seeds as a food source in salads and certain healthy dishes we eat every day. The seeds are also good for human consumption and the inner bark and resin is edible.
The medical uses of Loblolly pines are useful too. Pine resin is a natural disinfectant, antiseptic, and antifungal properties. Resin can be applied directly to wounds and sores to aid in keeping harmful germs out of the area. Pine resin can also staunch the flow of blood. The needles of a pine tree like Loblolly pines are rich in vitamin C and can stepped into a tea for 5-10 minutes. Avoid the stepping too long as the vitamin will dissipate the longer its steeps. It is important to note that some pine needles are poisonous – be sure to identify those before taking eternally. Norfolk Island, Yews, Ponderosa Pine, BUll Pine, and Black Jack Pines should at all cost be avoided.
The Loblolly pine offers many uses and is a great tree to have around.