Pine, Loblolly Premium Open Pollinated (OP) 1-0 (Pinus taeda)
Our premium loblolly pine is a combination of our 3rd and 4th best producers. Growth and yield show a 35 percent increase in production over unimproved seedlings. We are a member of The Cooperative Tree Improvement Program at NC State, which started the breeding effort for loblolly pine in 1956. Through the application of traditional breeding methods used in agronomic and horticulture crops for decades, tree breeders have developed families or varieties of loblolly pine that produce 50 percent more wood per acre than what was available 40 years ago. These families are more resistant to fusiform rust disease; have better wood quality due to enhancement of straightness and disease resistance, and are widely adapted to a range of site types and forest management regimes.