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Why no southern pines?

11 years ago

Many of us talk all the time about zone pushing with plants like southern magnolias, crape myrtles, cacti, palms, and many other southern plants. But nobody ever talks about southern pines like Loblolly, Longleaf, and shortleaf pines. I never see any available in local nurseries, which often sell other southern plants, and I never see them growing anywhere....although I think Roger Williams Park in Providence has a few??? Loblolly grows naturally into southern NJ and shortleaf into southern NY, so these would probably be hardy in south coastal New England. So does anybody have any experience with southern pines in southern New England? Are there any notable specimens in public spaces?

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