Pinus Pungens (Table Mountain Pine) - Qt Super Plugs$12.95
Table Mountain Pine
NOTE - This has been difficult to source for us - If you have access to stands of Table Mountain Pine, we would be interested in purchasing the closed cones. Call 317-559-8885 for further information.
Found in high and dry mountain habitats from Pennsylvania and New Jersey south through the Blue Ridge Mountains in Tennessee, the Carolinas and Georgia, Table Mountain Pine (Pinus pungens) is a common tree of rocky ridges and dry outcrops and areas routinely hit by forest fires. Table mountain pine tolerates the driest sites of any Eastern pine, commonly growing in stands on dry, nutrient-poor granite and shale rock. On these sites, table mountain pine remains a small tree, bushy and gnarled from the exposed growing conditions. However, planted as an ornamental in richer loam soils, table mountain pine can grow into a very large tree - Some have been recorded nearly 100 feet tall with 2-foot diameter at breast height.
Needles of table mountain pine are typically a light green cast. The needles grow 2 to a bundle and are 2-4 inches long and are noticeably twisted, with a pleasant tangerine scent. Large, stout prickly cones remain firmly attached to the branches for years, and often appear when the tree is very young. A strongly fire-adapted tree, table mountain pine's cones will usually remained closed until hit by heat from a fire, which opens the cones and causes the seed to scatter. For propagation, the cones can also be opened in a warm oven at about 150 degrees.
Plant table mountain pine in rich, well-drained soil for best growth - Good companion plants are Scarlet Oak, Chestnut Oak, Mountain Laurel, Carolina Rhododendron, Southern Bush-Honeysuckle, Wintergreen, Trailing Arbutus, Galax, and Appalachian Sedge. Once established, table mountain pine can grow 2-3 feet per year in good soils, often less than 6 inches per year in very poor, dry soils. Full sun is a must for good growth, as table mountain pine is not shade tolerant at all. For very hot, windy exposed sites where little else will grow, table mountain pine is an excellent choice. Planted in groves, table mountain pine gives off a lovely piney orange scent in the warm sun.
Our first-year Pinus pungens average 4-8 inches tall, while our second-year Rootmaker 18 Plugs are mostly 8-12 inches tall.