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Pinus Echinata

The Pinus Echinata is commonly known as Arkansas Soft Pine, Old Field Pine, Shortleaf Pine, Shortleaf Yellow Pine, Shortstraw Pine, Southern Yellow Pine, as well as Yellow Pine

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Growing Regions

Shortleaf pine has the widest geographic range of any pine in the southeastern United States [24]. It grows in the Atlantic Coast States from southeastern New York to northern Florida; throughout the Gulf States; and inland to western Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Illinois, southern Missouri, eastern Oklahoma, and eastern Texas [24,25]. Arkansas contains more shortleaf pine than any other state [37].

     

General Information

The currently accepted scientific name of shortleaf pine is Pinus echinata Mill. [24]. There are no recognized varieties or subspecies. Shortleaf pine hybridizes with loblolly pine (P. taeda), pitch pine (P. rigida), pond pine (P. serotina), and spruce pine (P. glabra) [24,25].

Shortleaf pine is dominant in several seral communities.  The
published classifications listing shortleaf pine as a dominant species
in community types (cts) are presented below:

Area                    Classification          Authority

se US                   gen. forest cts         Waggoner 1975

se US                   gen. forest cts         Sheffield and
                                                  others 1989

Much of the information presented here is attributed to:
Carey, Jennifer H. 1992. Pinus echinata. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). Available at USDA Forest Service.

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