Longleaf Pine Treasure Forest

The Longleaf Pine Forest (Pinus palustris) is one of the last remaining stands within the city. This 35-acre area is periodically subjected to controlled burns to preserve it and encourage reseeding. Thousands of wildflowers bloom along its meandering trails, making it a favorite site for walkers. After undergoing controlled burns since 2005, the Forest continues to regenerate. Ongoing volunteer management continues to clear invasive species, regenerate barren areas and allow the new seedlings to flourish.

It was designated a ‘Treasure Forest’ by the Alabama Forestry Commission in 2010.

In 2007, local naturalist Fred Nation and Dr. Harry Larsen, retired professor at Auburn University’s School of Forestry, evaluated and inventoried the site. It is a truly diverse ecosystem with 175 vascular plant species and 72 woody species. Longleaf Pine Forest Inventory & Checklist (PDF file will open in new tab)

Below is a field map of our Longleaf Forest. The designated areas are individual management areas, subject to different management strategies according to their condition. Our long-term goal is to be able to manage the entire woodland by the application of controlled fire.

See The Joys of Macro-Gardening by Andrew Saunders for more about the management of the Longleaf Forest.

Longleaf Forest Posts

Photos of the Longleaf Pine Treasure Forest

These are views of the Longleaf Pine Treasure Forest that have been posted on our Instagram account.
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#ruellia caroliniensis #carolinapetunia are #flowering like gang-busters in the #longleafpine #forest at the mobilebotanicalgardens These dainty #flowers are appearing just a month after our #prescribedburn! Too cool! #treasureforest #forestry #pollinators #mbgllf1 #nativeplants #publicgardens ...

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Iris verna has returned to the Longleaf Pine Forest at the Mobile Botanical Gardens! The burn back in November 2017 cleared the way for this beautiful spring ephermeral. It was just looking for a chance to rise from the ashes. #irisverna #mbglongleaf #longleafpine #longleafforest #horticulture #botany #mbgscene #publicgardens #mbgllf1 #springtime #controlledburn #nativeplants ...

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We've had a great longleaf seedling set this year. Lots of baby longleafs coming up in the Longleaf Treasure Forest at the mobilebotanicalgardens. #longleaf #longleafpine #pinaceae #mbgllf1 #babytrees #babypine #treasureforest #succession ...

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It's greening up in the #longleafpine #forest after the #prescribedburn #treatureforest #nativeplants #pinuspalustris #pollinators #mbgllf1 ...

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A #wildflower scene in the #longleafpine #treasureforest #mbgllf1 #asteraceae #firesage #clinopodium #coreopsis #nativeplants #botany #horticulture ...

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Hopefully this little #caterpillar is a #sulfurbutterfly larva!! #chamaecrista fasciculata #partridgepea is the #hostplant for this group of #butterflies. We have a handsome population in the #longleaf #forest but this one is going in the #pollinator #garden #mbgllf1 #mbgbutterfly1 #horticulture #nativeplants #fabaceae ...

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Some kind of #pycnanthemum #mountainmint in the #longleaf #pine #forest at the mobilebotanicalgardens This is a favorite of e ery kind of #bee in a hundred mile radius! That may be an over-exaggeration, but not by maybe a few miles ^_^ This is definitely going in the #pollinator #garden!! #mbgbutterfly #mbgllf1 #hymenoptera #classinsecta #lamiaceae #nativeplants #horticulture ...

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Yesterday was my last day at the mobilebotanicalgardens I took one last walk through the #longleafpines to say goodbye. It was beautiful, but I can only imagine what an incredible September it's going to be. You have to check it out if you're in #mobileal. #mbgllf1 #pinuspalustris #nativeplants #horticulture ...

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#crotoncapitatus growing beautifully in the #longleafpine #forest at the mobilebotanicalgardens Look out for it in the #pollinatorgarden #mbgllf1 #mbgbutterfly #nativeplants #euphorbiaceae #croton #horticulture ...

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#flowers in the #longleafpine #forest at the mobilebotanicalgardens #mbgllf1 #wildflowers #nativeplants #summer #horticulture #botany #plantidhelp ...

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The incoming #curatorofcollections and Keville, our #forestry guru, walking the #longleafpine #forest at the mobilebotanicalgardens yesterday. Keville shared a different story about our #treasureforest and we, in turn, got to introduce some of the not-so-pine #tree #plants to him. There are now three co firmed species of #milkweeds in the #longleaf #pine forest. #mbgllf1 #horticulture #nativeplants #asclepias ...

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#monarchcaterpillar in the #longleafpine #forest at the mobilebotanicalgardens First one I've seen! #mbgllf1 #mbgbutterfly1 #mbgbutterfly #pollinators #monarchwatch #monarchbutterfly #mobileal #asclepiastuberosa #butterflyweed #asclepias #nativeplants #horticulture ...

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