Still, where once central North America used to have a relative dearth of things pine, one is likely to run across some thanks to a modern landscaping fetish for durable, mass-produced coniferous evergreens. Sometimes this results in lovely drifting plantings of the majestic and sacred Eastern White Pine (Pinus Strobus) which seems to be popular well into Nebraska and southwards wherever the climate will be merciful. More often than not, however, the Austrian, or Black Pine (Pinus Nigra) gets slammed into tight groupings to serve as an exotic windbreak far from its happy mountain home in the northern Mediterranean higher elevations. This is a shame, because we have so many wonderful pines available for use here that can take hot summers rather well. Anyway, I digress. How about those hot summers?
|Just off of Exit 35 on I-26 near Roebuck, South Carolina. That there (and those behind) is a Loblolly Pine (Pinus Taeda), and if you spend any time at all in the South you will come across more of them than you can imagine.|