Spruce Pine – Pinus glabra

 

Large tree with long narrow crown and horizontal branches.

Heigh: 80-90’ / Diameter: 2-3’

Needles: evergreen; 1.5 to 4” long; 2 in a bundle; slender, often slightly flattened and twisted; dark green. Bark: gray, smooth, thin; becoming dark gray and furrowed into flat scaly ridges.

Habitat: Moist lowland soils, especially along rivers; a minor component of mixed swamp forests. Range: Coastal Plain in SE US.

The wood of this uncommon species is used for pulpwood and infrequently for lumber. The smooth gray bark makes it suitable as an ornamental.