6 USDA Zone 9 Pine Trees That Thrive in Hot Weather

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Looking for a soft, graceful evergreen that adds year-round color to your landscape? Or maybe a tough specimen that can be used as a privacy screen or shelterbelt?

If so, a pine tree is probably what you’re seeking.

This can be tricky for homeowners in USDA hardiness zone 9 since most popular pine species grow best in cooler climates. But don’t give up – there is still a selection of pines that can beat the heat in your region.

Keep reading for six zone 9 pine trees that will grow on your property.

6 Evergreen Zone 9 Pine Trees To Plant Today

1. Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergii)

Japanese Black Pine
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A truly gorgeous and striking conifer, the Japanese Black Pine should be at the top of your list if you’re looking for a pine tree to plant in zone 9.

Native to coastal Japan and South Korea, this pine tree species is known for its bold free-growing form, dense and soft bright-green needles clusters, and flattened crown. It is also known for the white buds it produces which add an appealing contrast to its foliage.

Since its growing habit is quite irregular it may not suit highly uniform, formal gardens, but it’s perfect for gardeners who want to add unusual beauty to their property. It is also adaptable and low maintenance, with a natural tolerance to salt and drought, and no need for pruning.

Use the Japanese Black Pine as a specimen, focal point, windbreak, or privacy screen amongst other possibilities. It also lends itself well to bonsai.

Other Common Names: Green Pine, Thurnberg Pine

Growing Zones: 5-10

Average Size at Maturity: 50-70 feet tall, with a 25-40 foot spread

Fruiting Season: Fall to Winter

Available at: Nature Hills

2. Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda)

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Make space for the Loblolly, one of the largest and fastest-growing pine trees in the Southern US. Zone 9 gardeners are in luck – this stately conifer’s temperature range tops out in their zone!

The Loblolly pine has a straight trunk covered in fissured plates of reddish-brown. It has an open, rounded crown and long, bright evergreen needles that give off a fresh, lovely pine fragrance.

Use this tree to establish a quick privacy screen or windbreak, to define a property line, or to establish a naturalized woodland grove. Keep in mind that the Loblolly is a commercially significant tree in the southeast, used as lumber and in carpentry and construction, so it is a possible cash crop too if you have the time to invest in it.

The Loblolly can be planted in sandy, loamy, or clay soil. For best results choose a spot with full sun and moist, well-draining soil with an acidic pH.

Other Common Names: Arkansas Pine, Oldfield Pine, North Carolina Pine, Bull Pine

Growing Zones: 6-9

Average Size at Maturity: 60-90 feet tall, with a 25-35 foot spread

Fruiting Season: Early Fall

Available at: Nature Hills

3. Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris)

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Named for its leaves, which are the longest of all eastern pines, the Longleaf is another good candidate for zone 9 pine tree planting.

It has a long history of use as a timber source in the southeast and is still widely grown for saw timber and pine straw in these regions. If you’re interested in planting a cash crop on your property, and you have enough space, the Longleaf may be the pine for you.

It is also useful beyond its commercial value – the Longleaf can also be used as a specimen, screen, or en masse to create a naturalized woodland area.

Furthermore, Longleaf forest restoration has become a major environmental priority in the southeast according to the National Wildlife Federation, so planting this tree will be giving back to the environment and local ecosystems too!

Plant the Longleaf in a location with full sun and sandy or clay well-draining soil, with an acidic pH.

Other Common Names: Long-Leaf Pine, Southern Pine, Longstraw Pine, Yellow Pine, Swamp Pine, Heart Pine, Southern Yellow Pine

Growing Zones: 7-9

Average Size at Maturity: 80-100 feet tall, with a 30-40 foot spread

Fruiting Season: Fall

Available at: Nature Hills

4. Canary Island Pine (Pinus canariensis)

Canary Island Pine trees
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Named for its native home of the Canary Islands, the Canary Island Pine is a heat-loving subtropical conifer that is ideal for the hottest regions of the US. This pine has a straight trunk, soft blue-green evergreen foliage, and reddish-brown, textured bark that adds an extra element of interest throughout the year.

The Canary Island Pine is most often used as a windbreak, street tree, ornamental specimen, accent tree, and planted in lawns and parks. It is fast-growing, at a rate of 2 feet per year, and is also notable for being one of the world’s most fire-resistant tree species.

Plant the Canary Island Pine in a location with full sun exposure, at least 6 hours of full sunlight per day, and prioritize moist, well-draining soil with an acidic pH. It will grow well in sandy, loamy, and clay soil.

Other Common Names: Canary Pine, Pino Canario

Growing Zones: 9-11

Average Size at Maturity: 50-80 feet tall, with a 30-foot spread

Fruiting Season: Fall

Available at: Fast-Growing-Trees

5. Umbrella Pine (Pinus pinea)

Umbrella Pine trees
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It’s not difficult to identify an Umbrella Pine – it’s all in the name after all! This needled evergreen tree has a highly unique, mushroom-shaped canopy in maturity with no lower branches.

It looks just like an umbrella, and this striking form is one of the reasons many people plant this bold Mediterranean pine on their property. Its needles are stiff and dense, and its orange-hued reddish-brown bark is deeply fissured.

Given you have enough space for it, this pine tree makes a lovely specimen or foundation planting and grows well in containers and as a bonsai tree. The Umbrella Pine is also known for its excellent quality edible pine nuts, another benefit to growing this beautiful conifer on your property.

This tree can require some maintenance in the early years, needing carefully applied mulching and regular watering. It will grow best in a dry, warm environment that mimics its native Mediterranean climate.

Other Common Names: Stone Pine, Stone Umbrella Pine, Italian Stone Pine, Parasol Pine, Roman Pine

Growing Zones: 7-11

Average Size at Maturity: 40-80 feet tall, with a 40-60 foot spread

6. Aleppo Pine (Pinus halepensis)

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Another Mediterranean pine tree that will suit your zone 9 landscape well is the Aleppo Pine, a famously hardy and attractive conifer that thrives in consistently hot, dry growing conditions. It has a slanting, crooked trunk and a dense, irregular canopy with few lower branches.

While it needs warm weather, the Aleppo Pine is otherwise a very adaptable tree. It is one of the most drought-tolerant trees on the market, does not need to be pruned, and needs very little maintenance overall once established.

It is also very tolerant of salt spray and high winds, making it a strong candidate for a windbreak. It is also used as an ornamental pine and screen.

Plant the Aleppo Pine in sandy or loamy well-draining soil in full sun for best results. Otherwise, it can grow in a wide range of pH levels and soil conditions.

Other Common Names: Jerusalem Pine

Growing Zones: 8-11

Average Size at Maturity: 20-50 feet tall, with a 20-foot spread

Fruiting Season: Fall

Heat-Tolerant Pines For Your Property

Pine trees are not exclusive to cold climates, so you can rejoice knowing that you can successfully plant some of these gorgeous and ecologically important trees.

Not only are these conifers suitably heat-tolerant, but they tend to be tough and adaptable specimens that can thrive even in poor-quality soil. The graceful Japanese black pine is very low maintenance, and the loblolly can grow in many different soil types.

For pine trees that will grow in even hotter areas, the Mediterranean umbrella and Aleppo pines can both grow in regions as hot as zone 11.

For more suitable evergreens for your landscape, consider these zone 9 evergreen privacy trees, or varieties of palms that thrive in zone 9.

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Shannon Campbell

Off-Grid Gardener & Food Forager

Shannon has always loved looking after trees and plants since as long as she can remember. She grew up gardening with her family in their off-grid home and looking after her neighbor's plant nursery. As a child she also participated in native tree replanting, and as an adult has volunteered in reforestation programs in northern Vietnam. Today, she puts her horticultural efforts into tending her vegetable and herb gardens, and learning about homesteading and permaculture. When she’s not reading, writing, and gardening, she’ll be out fishing and foraging for edible flora and fungi in the countryside around her home.

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