Pitch, Shortleaf and VA Pines compared

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Barry Caselli
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Pitch, Shortleaf and VA Pines compared

Post by Barry Caselli » Mon Apr 12, 2010 2:20 pm

Hello, ENTS. I'm back, sort of.
After a couple months of talking about it, I've finally put together this slideshow and video about Pitch Pine, Shortleaf Pine and Virginia Pine in the NJ Pine Barrens.
Hope you enjoy it, or even find it interesting.
I put text on the screen that asks you to please read the description. So here it is:
Pitch Pine and Shortleaf Pine are very common in the Pine Barrens. Virginia Pine can be found in a few scattered areas, but is very common in those few areas.

I took samples of cones and needles from trees and branches on the ground. They can be seen in the slideshow/video. All cone measurements are of open cones.

Pitch Pine cones and needles- measurements:
From the samples I measured, the cones averaged 2¼" wide by 2" high. The largest cones were 2¾" wide by 3" high.
Most of the needles were between 4" and 5" long, with some being 5¼" long. They are in bundles of three.

Shortleaf Pine cones and needles- measurements:
From the samples I measured, the cones averaged 1¼" wide by 2½" to 2¾" high.
Most of the needles were 2½" to 3" long. They are in bundles of 2.

Virginia Pine cones and needles- measurements:
From the samples I measured, the cones averaged 1¾" wide by 1¾" high.
Most of the needles were 1½" to 1¾" long. They are in bundles of 2.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg8HTN5yQmk
Barry

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Re: Pitch, Shortleaf and VA Pines compared

Post by James Parton » Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:46 pm

Barry,

Very nice! I never have taken the time to compare the cones of these three pine species. Now if you only had a Loblolly. The needles and cones are a bit bigger than Pitch.

James
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Re: Pitch, Shortleaf and VA Pines compared

Post by Marcas » Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:37 am

WOW thank you for the lesson the video is the best thing you show and talk about thank you again!
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Re: Pitch, Shortleaf and VA Pines compared

Post by Barry Caselli » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:52 am

Oh shoot! We do have Loblolly. I forgot all about it. But I don't have any samples of branches with needles I can measure. Just cones picked up in the past. I need to work on that. I'll check the nearest Loblollies after the next storm.
James Parton wrote:Barry,

Very nice! I never have taken the time to compare the cones of these three pine species. Now if you only had a Loblolly. The needles and cones are a bit bigger than Pitch.

James

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Re: Pitch, Shortleaf and VA Pines compared

Post by Barry Caselli » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:54 am

Marcas,
Thanks! I'm glad it was enjoyed.
Marcas wrote:WOW thank you for the lesson the video is the best thing you show and talk about thank you again!

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