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Loblolly or Shortleaf pine

9 years ago

I was wanting to get a few pine trees, but wasn't sure which type would do the best where I lived. I am in north Texas, about 30 miles northwest of Fort Worth. I have sandy soil with a lower pH than most of north TX (around 6.8). Precipitation can vary greatly from year to year, sometimes barely reaching 30 inches, to over 40.

I have narrowed my choices down to the Loblolly and Shortleaf since they are TX natives. After some research, it appears that the Shortleaf is more cold and drought tolerant, so I was leaning towards it. I have heard about the Bastrop "Lost Pines," an ecotype of Loblolly that is more drought tolerant, but haven't found any sources. I would really appreciate any advice. Thanks.

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