I collected this pine a little over a year ago on my parents’ property in the Texas hill country. An arborist told my dad he had a few Loblolly pines growing there, so I’ve assumed it to be a Loblolly all this time.
In a recent Forum Q+A post, it was noted this may, in fact, be a different species, citing its “smooth bark” and “long spindly buds”. I’ve since read that a Loblolly rarely has two needles per fascicle. My tree is a two-needle pine. Here are a few pictures, please let me know what you think. I can provide more if it will help. Thanks in advance!