Pinus × sondereggeri

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Sonderegger pine
Sonderegger pine seedling.jpg
Sonderegger pine seedling (with yellow paperclip) amongst longleaf pine seedlings showing the elongated stem of this species
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pinophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order: Pinales
Family: Pinaceae
Genus: Pinus
Subgenus: Pinus
Species: P. × sondereggeri
Binomial name
Pinus × sondereggeri

Pinus × sondereggeri is the only named southern pine hybrid. Common names include Sonderegger pine and bastard pine. It is a naturally occurring cross between loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) and longleaf pine (Pinus palustris). It was originally described by H. H. Chapman (1922) who named it after its discoverer, V. H. Sonderegger, a state forester of Louisiana. This pine usually occurs singly or in small groups where both loblolly and longleaf pines overlap in range. Because the flowering of both parental trees usually occur at the same time of year, no phenological barrier exists, thus the two freely cross.

Tree characteristics are normally intermediate between loblolly and longleaf. Sonderegger pine is not resistant to fusiform rust like its parent, longleaf pine. Because this hybrid pine possesses heavy limbs and long-needled foliage like the longleaf pine, one may confuse Sonderegger pine with longleaf pine. However, the striped brown bud of Sonderegger is a distinguishing characteristic, as Longleaf possesses a white bud. Also, intermediate in size, the cone is armed similarly to a cone of the Loblolly pine. Because no grass stage exists for this hybrid, it has significant height growth during the first year. Thus, it is easily detected in uniform plantings of longleaf pine.

Also called bastard pine, Sonderegger pine may have qualities superior to those of its parents.[1] Differences in wood properties are not significant when compared to random samples of the two parent species. Tracheid length might be slightly shorter than either parent, even though tracheid length in southern pines usually does not differ significantly.[2]


  1. ^ Schoenike et al, 1975
  2. ^ Saucier, et al, 1979