Pinus taeda L.

Loblolly Pine, Frankincense Pine

Cultivar Little Albert Foliage

Cultivar Little Albert Foliage


Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Pinus

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 40 to 90' tall

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Needles in bunches of 3 (fascicles), 6 to 10" long. Cones are 3 to 6" long which helps to distinguish it from Pinus palustris with 6 to 10" cones. Form is loosely pyramidal in youth but becomes a more open canopy as the lower branches drop with age, leaving maybe 1/3 of the total height branched.

In regard to climate, our winters would seem to suit this species extremely well, and if it could be made to thrive on some of our heaths, the cultivation would be advantageous, if it were only for the tar, pitch, and turpentine. But to plant it in good soil would be unprofitable, because other pines planted under such circumstances, are far preferable on account of their greater durability. (Desc. Pinus)


'Little Albert' - Dwarf Loblolly Pine - sometimes known as 'Al's Dwarf' - found by Albert Durio.

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Native to eastern and central US including South Carolina and Georgia. Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 1000 in 1753. Also published in Desc. Pinus 1: t.16-17 p.23 #12 in 1803 (and in ed.3 #14 in 1832).

Introduced to western gardens in 1741.

See Desc. Pinus information


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