2021 Five Year Native Tree Challenge Aaron S. Loblolly Pine

Aaron S.

Yamadori
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Oklahoma City
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7a
Species: Loblolly Pine: Pinus Taeda
Height: 98-115 feet (30-35 meters)
Habitat: The native range of loblolly pine extends through 14 States from southern New Jersey south to central Florida and west to eastern Texas. It includes the Atlantic Plain, the Piedmont Plateau, and
the southern extremities of the Cumberland Plateau, the Highland Rim, and the Valley and Ridge Provinces of the Appalachian Highlands. Loblolly pine does not grow naturally in the Mississippi River flood plain and is scarce in the deep, coarse sands of the lower Atlantic Plain and sandhills of North and South Carolina; it is important only in localized areas in southeastern Georgia and northern Florida.
Specimen: With needles being more than 4" long, this is not the most ideal pine species for the art of bonsai. on the other hand, if we only stuck with the desirable species for bonsai then there would not be much diversity. This particular tree was dug up in Pushmataha County, Oklahoma USA in June 2018 and was put in this tub with other trees to grow. This tree grows in large dense areas in southeastern Oklahoma. This tree was from a large 7,000-acre ranch where I spent a good portion of my childhood. My family was in the logging industry so when I didn't have school I was in the mountains with my family. These trees made a constant backdrop to the area and so this tree is a connection to my childhood.
Starting Plan: This spring I want to plant it in a smaller training pot. I would like to train it as an informal upright but it will depend on what the tree gives me to work with. Because is its large needles, it will be large for a bonsai tree but there aren't any rules that say a bonsai has to be small.
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Gabler

Shohin
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Loblolly pines are my favorite. I know the needles are by some standards too long for bonsai, but the wild trees are so impressive, I can't help wanting a miniature version for the garden.
 
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