I live in East Texas; Not in the piney-woods but in an area that always has a mix of oak, cedar, pine, and elm. Pine tree is however most common. I would like any input that anyone might have about building a pine guild.
I took a walk in the woods today and noticed something I had never noticed before. On 6 different occasions I found what I think might be a natural guild of trees. Most of the time in areas where water runs off or settles a bit there is always a pine tree under which or just inside the dripline is wild blue berry under which (not under the pine) is a grape vine, a cedar tree, and often a clump grass and an oak tree.
What I want to do is put together a guild that works well for this area of the country. USDA zone 7b, but more like zone 8 that has one or two badly timed late freezes. What pine tree makes eatable nuts that will grow well here? Can I use domestic blue berries? Is there a cedar relative that makes anything eatable? How about a eatable clumping grass for grain? Oaks make acorns and the grapes are just fine as they are...
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Korean Stone Pines grow in you zone. Also, you may be able to graft them to existing pine since nuts trees take a while to produce.
Hazel nuts are also good undersory that grow wild here is my zone along with the Tan Oak, Chinquapin, Suger Pine, raspberries, blackberries, huckleberries & strawberries.