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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.

Pitch Pine Pinus rigida
Redden State Forest, Georgetown *, DE210849338
Redden State Forest, Georgetown *, DE1857710030
Redden State Forest, Georgetown *, DE164609825
*Headquarters Tract