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Kentucky Color: Loblolly Dreadlock explosion
Kentucky is most northern state where this species thrives
For next earlier Kentucky Color, see Kentucky Color: Fog Pearls
By Billy Joe Fudge
Retired District Forester, Kentucky Division of Forestry
Although Loblolly is not really native to Kentucky, we have multiple tens of thousands of them growing across our state thanks to the Kentucky Division of Forestry. Close to 25,000,000 acres of the South is covered by pine and Loblolly covers close to half those acres.
Loblolly is generally labeled Southern Yellow Pine at your local building supply and is a major supplier of pulp for the paper industry. It is also an important component in the manufacturing of some types of plywood.
Loblolly has needles up to 10 inches in length and is one of the fastest growing pines. It is a self-pruner which means when a limb is shaded it dies and falls off. It doesn't do well North of Kentucky because of the cold winters plus it is very susceptible to breakage due to ice and snow.
In case you were wondering, Loblolly is Southern for "mudhole".
This story was posted on 2010-04-20 03:39:24
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