Pinus elliottii

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Slash Pine


Plant Specifics

Size:80-100  (120) ft tall by 20-60 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Evergreen. Cones appear in spring and ripen into fall. Can be long-lived.
Habitats:Moist sites. Low flatwoods, swamp edges, pine rockland, cutthroat seeps. Often cultivated in dry sites.


Recommended Uses:Shade tree. Forest tree -- this is one of the most highly used species for timber production.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Lime rock, Sand



Squirrels and other animals eat the seeds. 

In southern Florida, old trees are known to support red-cockaded woodpeckers.