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Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 30 days
Germination: sow seed 1/8" deep , tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Pitch Pine, also known as Pinus rigida, is a small-to-medium sized pine native to eastern North America. It grows well in poor acidic sandy soils and can survive in unfavorable conditions, making it the primary tree of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The tree produces high yields of resins, turpentine, rosin, and pitch, which have a wide range of uses, including as a solvent for waxes, making varnish, medicinal purposes, waterproofing, and wood preservation. The wood is not strong but is very durable and is mainly used for charcoal and fuel, and is occasionally sawn into lumber. Pitch Pine offers habitat and food for many species of wildlife and was utilized by indigenous people for various purposes such as treating rheumatism, burns, and boils. It was also used for shipbuilding, mine timbers, and railroad ties because its high resin content preserves it from decay. The tree has an exceptionally high regenerative ability and can re-sprout using epicormic shoots.