The Major Southern Pines

There are four major species of pine widespread throughout the southern states: shortleaf, loblolly, longleaf and slash. These species have numerous traits in common, yet each has characteristics unique to itself. They may occur on different sods and have differences in management requirements. There are other pine species in the south, but they are limited in their natural range to one or several adjoining states.

Shortleaf Pine: An Option for Virginia Landowners

Shortleaf pine, also known as shortleaf yellow, southern yellow, oldfield, shortstraw, or Arkansas soft pine, is one of the four most important commercial conifers in the southeastern United States. In Arkansas and Louisiana, shortleaf pine is the primary timber species. In Virginia, however, the acreage of shortleaf pine has steadily decreased since 1940 despite its adaptability to many different soil types and its value as a timber species.

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