The Shortleaf pine is native to the eastern United States from New York down to Northern Florida, then west to southeastern Kansas and eastern Texas. The pine is a consistent source of pulpwood and saw timber. Compared to other pine species, the shortleaf is typically a slower growing pine. However, this growth rate fluctuates based on where it is grown and the qualities of the sites. Shortleaf pine is generally fire-tolerant, but it has been noted that wildfires in young stands are very damaging. It does have the unique characteristic of being able to re-sprout from the stump after a fire. The levels of genetic improvement are limited.