Early December is not when pine trees are supposed to candle.
But this loblolly is just one of many that are producing new growth
because it’s so warm.
In case you wondered why the growing bud on a longleaf pine is called a candle:
This nine foot loblolly is about 3 years old,
as you can see since John S. Quarterman can reach 8 feet high and it’s a foot higher than that: