Slash pine (Pinus elliottii) belongs to the Pinaceae (the Pine family). It is a tall evergreen tall that is native to the southeastern United States. This tree grows in sandy subtropical maritime forests and wet flatwoods, and reaches heights of 18-30 m, with a trunk diameter of 60-80 cm. The leaves are needle-like, very slender, in clusters of two or three, and are 18-24 cm long. The cones are glossy red-brown, thick prickle on each scale. The common name is named after the "slashes" (swampy ground overgrown with trees and bushes) that constitute its habitat.