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Kentucky Color: Garnished Virginia Pine

'It does have one very crazy sex life, however. Pollen is released from late March into April around this latitude but fertilization (conception) doesn't take place until around June of the following year. Yep, crazy. Don't ask cause I don't know. Billy Joe Fudge
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

Virginia Pine is often referred to as Virginia Scrub Pine but in most applications the word Scrub has been scrubbed. I suppose in our world of extreme political correctness someone or some group has surmised that Scrub might be considered to be demeaning and that some in the Virginia Pine Community might be offended.


Virginia Pine is know as a Pioneer species. Pioneer species just means that if mineral soil is exposed and sunlight reaches the ground and there is a seed source nearby those of the Pioneer species category will be the species to germinate and grow first.

VP is a mid-size conifer (cone producing) tree whose lumber is very low quality and therefore is not sought after. Locally however it is used to produce shavings for bedding, etc.

It does have one very crazy sex life, however. Pollen is released from late March into April around this latitude but fertilization (conception) doesn't take place until around June of the following year. Yep, crazy. Don't ask cause I don't know. Billy Joe Fudge


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Kentucky Color: Garnished Virginia Pine



2015-01-16 - Columbia, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester, Kentucky Division of Forestry.
It's a beautiful tree, and is referred to as "Virginia Pine" rather than "Virginia Scrub Pine." The wood is not of high quality, but is used locally to produce shavings for bedding. The cones are not only gorgeous outdoor decorations, but they also play a role in the crazy sex life of the tree, as explained in the accompanying piece. - BILLY JOE FUDGE

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