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Do Pine Trees Have a Taproot?

By Judy Wolfe ; Updated September 21, 2017
Not all pine trees have taproots.
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Some pine trees have taproots that grow until the trees reach their mature heights. Longleaf pines develop 10- to 15-foot taproots. Scotch pines, however, may not develop taproots. Their horizontal roots occasionally grow downward to function as taproots. True taproots are more likely on Scotch pines in sandy soils.


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Passionate for travel and the well-written word, Judy Wolfe is a professional writer with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Cal Poly Pomona and a certificate in advanced floral design. Her thousands of published articles cover topics from travel and gardening to pet care and technology.