Pitch Pine, Picky Pine Pinus rigida

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Botanical Name:

Pinus rigida







Common Name:

Pitch Pine, Picky Pine

20-60 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:

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Growing Info, follow in order:
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.
In a Nutshell:
* The Pitch Pine ( Pinus rigida ) is a small-to-medium sized (6-30 m) pine , native to eastern North America . This species occasionally hybridizes with other pine species such as Loblolly Pine ( P. taeda ), Shortleaf Pine ( P. echinata ), and Pond Pine ( P. serotina ), the last is treated as a subspecies of Pitch Pine by some botanists . more...
* The resins are obtained by tapping the trunk, or by destructive distillation of the wood. In general, trees from warmer areas of distribution give the higher yields. Turpentine consists of an average of 20% of the oleo-resin and is separated by distillation. Turpentine has a wide range of uses including as a solvent for waxes etc, for making varnish, medicinal etc. Rosin is the substance left after turpentine is removed. This is used by violinists on their bows and also in making sealing wax, varnish etc.
* Pitch can also be obtained from the resin and is used for waterproofing, as a wood preservative etc. The knots contain so much resin that they resist rot. They burn well and have been gathered and placed at the ends of sticks to make torches. Wood - coarse-grained, light, soft, brittle, not strong, very durable, resinous. It weighs 32lb per cubic foot. Mainly used for charcoal and fuel, it is occasionally sawn into lumber. more...
* Variable, often rather scrubby, 3-5" needles, opening yellow green, later dark green, grows well on poor sandy acid soils, salt-tolerant, good for coastal areas, where it can ultimately become rather picturesque, native to eastern North America.