Pinus clausa

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Sand Pine


Plant Specifics

Size:30-60 ft tall by 20-40 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Evergreen. Cones produce at young age. typically not opening until after fire. Life span typically 60-80 yrs if not burned.
Noted for:Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Forest plantings for dry sites, specimen tree. Best not planted adjacent to buildings.
Considerations:Roots are sensitive to disturbance.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Squirrels and other animals eat the seeds.

Native Habitats:Dry sites. Scrub, scrubby flatwoods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

Foliage is fine-textured. Fast growing. Subject to root problems in poorly drained areas.

Highly flammible and old trees are weak.  Think twice about placing a building in a sand pine forest.