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Slash Pine Pinus elliottii


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Family: Pinaceae, Pine view all from this family

Description Large, spindly, rapidly growing tree. Crown pointed or round. Branches horizontal to ascending. Bark orange brown, scales and plates. Needles long, very slender, glossy, clusters of two or three, 18–24 cm. (7.1–9.4 in). Cones glossy red-brown, 5–15 cm. (2.0–5.9 in) long with a short thick prickle on each scale.

Dimensions Height: 18-30 m. (60-100 ft.)
Diameter: 0.6-0.8 m. (2-2 1/2 ft.).

Habitat Watersides (fresh), Swamps (fresh & salt), Fields.

Range Southeast, Florida, Texas.

Discussion Fast-growing, not very long-live, named after the "slashes" – swampy ground overgrown with trees and bushes that constitute its habitat. Widely grown in plantations, used in horticulture. Seeds eaten by gray and fox squirrels and wild turkey.