The county champion Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) can surprisingly be found in the middle of a campus parking lot, Lot Y, behind the Memorial Chapel, tag #180. This champion is almost 54 feet high, with a trunk diameter of 25 inches and crown radius of 24.5 feet. Loblollies can get up to 90 feet in height, but are often smaller in landscaped areas than in the wild. There are two other loblollies in the parking lot island with it and a total of 28 on campus. It makes for a good landscape tree, as its one of the fastest growing southern pines and it’s also easy to transplant and can grow in a wide variety of soils and its range is from New Jersey to Florida, and extends west to Texas and Oklahoma.
Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants : Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses. 6th ed., rev ed., Stipes Pub, 2009.
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