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Sand pine

Fact sheet: Sand pine

This native North American pine is usually seen as a scrubby tree, capable of reaching 100 feet in height but more often seen 15 to 40 feet tall, with a slow growth rate.  The supple, evergreen leaves and the plant’s ability to thrive in almost any soil make Sand Pine a good choice for use as a Christmas tree, with proper shearing.  The 2 to 3.5-inchlong, spiny cones persist for quite a while on the tree, often becoming embedded in the wood of the twigs.

Scientific name: Pinus clausa
Pronunciation: PIE-nus  KLAW-suh
Common name(s): Sand Pine

Fact sheet: Sand pine

Planted in Nassau County Extension Demonstration Garden