Pinus virginiana (Virginia Pine)
Virginia Pine is an underrated native tree that typically grows in abandoned fields, roadsides, and areas with poor soil or drainage. Grows to about 40 feet in height. A great plant for colonizing and naturalizing. Ornamental value is mostly when young while Virginia Pine has a pyramidal shape. When it matures the habit becomes flat topped and open.
Needles are borne in pairs of two and are a yellow-green to dark green color depending on its location.
Virginia Pine withstands heat and tolerates adverse growing conditions very well. Very adaptable to locations where other pines cannot survive. Does best in clay soils and prefers full sun.