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Pitch pine

Pitch pinepinus rigida

Pitch pine

Pitch pine 
Pinus rigida

Pitch pine usually grows 50 to 60 feet tall with trunk diameters of two to three feet. Its branches are often contorted, which can give it a ragged but picturesque crown. The tree’s coarse-grained wood is very durable and can thus be used for lumber, but it is more likely to be used for fuel or other products. A very unusual trait of the tree is the presence of needles growing directly from the trunk.

Pitch pine needles are 2.5 to 5 inches long with three twisted needles per bundle.








Location Points C.B.H. Height Crown
Redden State Forest, Georgetown1 187 84 93 38
Redden State Forest, Georgetown2 171 74 88 36
Redden State Forest, Georgetown3 153 62 83 33
1, 2, 3 Headquarters Tract