Loblolly Pine-Hardwood Forest Association
The loblolly pine-hardwood forest association is found on the Coastal Plain Province. It represents a transition from forests dominated by pines to forests dominated by oaks and other hardwoods.
Loblolly pine is a minor but important component, representing about 20% of the composition. Hardwood species reflect the amount of soil moisture on the site.
Characteristic tree species is:
Associated tree species on moist sites in coastal areas include:
Associated tree species on moist inland areas include:
Associated tree species on drier sites at higher elevations include:
Understory plants include:
Herbaceous plants include:
In areas where the soil moisture is optimal for loblolly pine, or where fires occur frequently, the loblolly pine-hardwood association will persist. In areas less suited for loblolly pine, this association will gradually convert to hardwood associations.