The SLASH PINES TREE

GARDEN CENTER CAPE CORAL

The shade these trees provide is more open than a dense, broad canopied tree like a live oak, so nearby plants can get enough light yet with a bit of protection, too. This setting is ideal for many shrubs and groundcovers. Slash pines create a natural bird sanctuary they provide shelter to birds from predators, attract the pileated woodpecker (the big "Woody Woodpecker"), and are home to owls. Even eagles and egrets will make their nests in the treetops of a large pine.

Learn More About The SLASH PINES TREE

Planting Instructions
This tree does well in any area of Florida and other southeastern states. There are many types of pine trees in Florida, but the slash pine is the most common one sold for home landscapes.

Plant specs: Slash pine trees are moderate to fast growers that can reach 60 to 80 feet tall. They need full sun and well-drained soil. This tree is cold hardy and does well anywhere in Florida.

Plant care: No soil amendments are necessary when planting a slash pine tree. No trimming is needed either. Water, however, is very important to this tree. It needs a location that's well-drained but requires a regular watering.
Plant Care Tips
Fertilize: three times a year in spring, summer and autumn with a quality granular fertilizer.

Avoid planting grass beneath a pine. The fallen needles will cover it up anyway, and lawn equipment can cause damage to roots and trunks. Instead leave the area open so that the pine straw forms a natural base around it, or under plant with green or silver saw palmetto for an "old Florida" look.

Pines don't like having their root systems disturbed such as being run over by lawn mowers or having shrubs added or removed around the trunk.

Plant spacing: Place this tree 10 to 12 feet or more from the house. Because some surface roots can form as a slash pine tree matures, allow at least 6 feet of space between the tree and drives or walkways.