Loblolly Pine

Pinus taeda

Loblolly Pine, Oilfield Pine

About This Plant

Sun. Evergreen. (Not recommended for Bexar County.) The absence of pines in the San Antonio area is a lesson in different soil types and how they occur. Loblolly is one of the most drought-tolerant of native pines (these are the pines seen at Bastrop State Park.) But they’re often a sign of sandier, acidic lowland soil with an above-average capacity to retain moisture and organic content. Isolated pockets of wild pines do occur around La Vernia and beyond, but local soil alkalinity in Bexar County is mostly unfavorable to even the hardiest of native pines. In Old British English, the name Loblolly translates roughly to “Bubbling Porridge” and provides a clue to the species’ preferred soil texture.

Origins: Southern U.S., from east Texas to New Jersey


None required; a fast-growing pine in more acidic soils.

The most alkaline- and drought-resistant of Texas' eastern pine species; well displayed in Bastrop, it occurs only very rarely in Bexar County and eastward on specific soil types.

Min. Height: 60'

Max Height: 90 feet'

Min. Width: 25'

Max Width: 50 feet'

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